finger-people-alone-smilingI know people who are lonely. I doubt they look at me and think I know how they feel. But I do. I’ve experienced loneliness. More recently, I did in 2000 and 2010.  But I know someone who relates to this at a greater pain-level and in a more understandable way. Jesus. Hours before He would hang on a cross (a lonely feeling in and of itself) he would be in a moment of such deep, unfathomable anguish, by himself. The account of this is in Luke 22, “He withdrew [was alone] about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed…And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” Jesus experienced loneliness. But it was not his hopelessness. Loneliness can be terribly afflicting. And it can look hopeless…but it is not. Death is hopeless. There is nothing that can turn it around. But anything shy of death is hopeful. If we are still breathing, we can still keep hoping; and if we can keep hoping, we can still be praying; and if we can still be praying, we can still be believing that the God who created us, is with us, and never leaves us, and never forsakes us, and WILL have the best in mind, and the answers for us. That was quite a long sentence. But somewhere in it, I hope it encourages someone. You might be lonely, but you have God, and me. Keep going.

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