Loneliness

Do you ever feel lonely?

If you’re like me I am sure you do.  Allow me to ask you, what do you do when you feel lonely?  Do you try to stay busy with distractions so you don’t have to face your loneliness? Yep, I do that too and I’m pretty sure that is the wrong thing to do.

A friend of mine recently told me that she was trying something different when she feels lonely.  She tries to just sit with her loneliness instead of distracting herself with this or that.  I thought that was an interesting approach so that is what I am attempting to do today.

As I think of the word loneliness I remember what God says about the concept.  The first verse that popped into my head was part of a verse in Psalm 68.

Psalm 68:6a  God sets the lonely in families…

Family…

I used to think of family as a mom, dad and kids— but the older I get the more I redefine that word. Family doesn’t have to be by blood, adoption or marriage.  Family to me means people that love one another and are committed to shaping each others lives through time, attention and love.

That sounds hopeful I think.  Especially when you read Psalm 68:6a  “God sets the lonely in families…” God.  God who so loved the world he gave his one and only son to save us.  ALL of us.  I know I write about that a lot but it amazes me if I pause long enough to really consider what it means.

Pause.  Sit in your loneliness and consider the love that God shows to you. I know that if you look around you will see the family that God wants to place you in if you will allow it. Maybe it’s a neighbor with no one to talk to, a young mother that rarely leaves the house or an elderly person that merely wants someone to remember them.

Family doesn’t have to be blood and you don’t have to stay lonely if you accept the gifts that God wants to freely give to you.

Psalm 68:3-6

“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”

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