Faces of Loneliness

Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul. I cry to you, O Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Psalm 142:4-5

We can see the faces of loneliness almost everywhere we look.

Travel to a nursing home where a man sits alone in his room and wonders where his son, who lives just across town, is this afternoon.

Or visit a four-bedroom house where a mom and dad have eaten and drank and slept and thought “kids” for 19 years. Now the house is empty, their voices echo in the hallways, and they feel alone.

Or go to a college campus where a 19-year-old girl has 1,000 “friends” on Facebook, but can never find anyone to eat lunch with.

Or watch as a lady unlocks the door of her apartment, goes inside and heats up a microwave dinner, turns on the television, and sits on the sofa until she falls asleep. She’s done that night after night for as long as she can remember.

Look into those faces. They’re all filled with loneliness.

Statistics tell us that about half of Americans have two close friends, 19 percent have only one close friend, and 25 percent – a quarter of us – have not one close friend.

God comes to people in the midst of our loneliness and His Word tells us that He is there, that He cares, that He sees us, and that He loves us with all the love of His heart.

The good news when you’re lonely is that God will come to you and show you something greater than your loneliness – His great love and care for you!

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!