Everyone struggles with feelings of loneliness and the despair of being alone. There is the cosmic loneliness of being on a sphere spinning through space at the speed of six hundred miles per second. We have troubling thoughts about our significance when we compare ourselves to the indescribable vastness of the universe.
There is an adage spoken to friends and loved ones alike in the throes of broken relationships that no person alive can cure your loneliness. Competent counsel tells them you are not ready for another committed relationship until you can “learn to be alone without being lonely.” Easier said than done is the awareness and strength to overcome our feelings of loneliness and heartbreak in life.
One of the underlying ways of overcoming loneliness is having the awareness and hope, you and I are never alone. The promise of “Immanuel” God with us is paramount in offering comfort and hope for overcoming our feelings of being alone. The Apostle John writes that Jesus of Nazareth was God in human flesh and shares that He saw him with his own eyes and touched him with his hands, and you and I can sense His touch and presence too.
So when I abruptly awake in the middle of the night with the frightening thoughts of being abandoned, I begin to focus my undivided attention immediately on Christ. In my spirit, soul, and mind, I repeat and meditate upon the words “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner” over and over till the presence of Christ calms my being.
I have learned that when I take the time to become still in the silence and contemplate on Christ and speak a “sacred word or scripture” mindfully over and over in my head, my loneliness dissipates. So I can say, “I have felt alone plenty of times in my life, but in silence and solitude with God, I have never felt alone.” I pray you may experience it too.
“And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.” 1 John 1:1
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