Escape From Loneliness

  In his play, Tennessee Williams has dealt again and again with the problem of loneliness and alienation.  He seems to speak for a whole generation of liteary prophets.  In one of his earlier plays, Williams wrote, “If loneliness is as prevalent as we are led to believe that it is–then surely the great sin of our time must be to be lonely alone.” 

  A story is told about a soldier who asked his officer if he might go out into the ‘no man’s land’ between the trenches in World War I to bring in one of his comrades who lay wounded.  “You can’t go” said the officer, “It’s not worth it, your friend is probably dead and you may be killed.”  But, the soldier insisted and finally went. He found his friend, placed him over his shoulders and brought him back to the trenches.  The two of them tumbled in together and lay at the bottom of the trench.  The officer looked very tenderly on the soldier and said,  “See, I told you it wouldn’t be worth it. Your friend is dead and you are mortally wounded.”  The soldier replied, “Oh, it was worth it sir.”  The officer said, “How do you mean it?  Your friend is dead.”   “Yes, sir.” the soldier answered, “But it was worth it, because when I got to him he was still alive and he said to me, “Jim, I knew you would come.”

  If such friendship is so meaningful between people, how much more between God and man.  God is providing the only sure escape from loneliness in the offer of His love and companionship.  God through His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has determined not to leave us alone.  He has promised His presence.

  Jesus said, “My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.”   John 15:12-14  

  The Apostle John wrote: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”  I John 3:16-18

  Our loneliness comes out of our stubborn refusal to be loved and to love.  
I know from experience, especially this past year, since my wife’s death, how loneliness can overwhelm a person. My tendency is to deny or run and hide.  I feel ashamed of my loneliness.  But, it is a reality, leaving a terrible emptiness in my life. I can fill it with self pity or with meaningful relationships.  I choose the latter.  I believe that my relationship with God, through Christ, has grown. I realize, more than ever, I need Him.  Without Him, I am truly empty.  Also, I need people, those who will love me and whom I can love.  The loss of my loved one makes me value more highly my relationship with others.  
I cannot go it alone.  God made me for relationships.

  Accept God’s love for you and share His love with others.

One Response to “Escape From Loneliness”

  1. Max,
    Loneliness is not a good thing. After Harry died, I had my son Dan as we lived together. At the time he was at the church for 90 hours a week for a month afterwards working with the “Easter” pageant. I put cards of sympathy in a notebook as well as pictures and floral arrangements. Keeping busy helps. For ten years I was treasurer of our association subdivision and I was on the committee to plan programs and food for the senior citizens of the church. I just quit those two things two years ago come January. I still have a Bible Study in my home each week, so getting the lesson plus cleaning the house helps to have something to look forward (to). Keep busy! Della

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