Does Anyone Really Care
Here we are again enjoying a beautiful spring! This is my favorite time of the year. Flowers showing their beauty, the smell of freshly cut grass, blue skies above and warm weather. What a combination that you would think would bring us joy and contentment. Not so! Even in the midst of all this, there are people who are lonely.
Loneliness is one of the most miserable feelings a person can experience. Sometimes you may feel like nobody even cares. You do not have to be alone to feel lonely; you can feel lonely in a crowd. It is not the number of people around you that determines your loneliness; it is your relationship to them. Somebody said that a city is a place where you can be lonely in the midst of tens of thousands of people. I personally know that feeling. Living in Cincinnati I can remember the Sunday afternoons when I felt so lonely, a long way from family, and in a city where they didn’t even know my name.
We are becoming an increasingly lonely society. Since 1957, the percent of Americans who admit to “feeling lonely” according to an Easterbrook Survey has quadrupled. Twenty-two percent of all Americans ate dinner alone last night. A Gallup poll recently stated that 3 out of 10 Americans are lonely. Many college students who are for the first time away from home cry themselves to sleep.
THE CAUSE OF LONELINESS
Many people have possessions without peace. You can be wealthy and lonely! The late Howard Hughes, an aviation and movie tycoon. He had everything that life had to offer yet he died a recluse, lonely. Elvis Presley , king of rock-n-roll sang a famous song,”Are you lonesome tonight?” and apparently he was. Just before he died, he wrote on a note these words, “I feel so alone sometimes. The night is quiet for me. I’d love to be able to sleep. I’ll probably not rest. I have no need for all this. Help me Lord.
The transitions of life, separation from family/friends, rejection. There are many causes of loneliness.
THE CURE FOR LONELINESS……GOD CARES
There are both good ways and self-defeating ways to deal with loneliness. Some become a workaholic, but it will soon take a toll both emotionally and physically. Some try materialism, but that is short lived because you cannot buy happiness.
God made us for relationships. He made us to need each other. When God put Adam in the Garden of Eden, you would have thought he had every single thing he could possibly want. No shirt, no shoes, no mother-in-law. “God said it is not good for man to be alone.” (Gen 2:18). The first thing God ever said that was not good about earth was loneliness.
God made us for a relationship with Him. We can recognize His presence with us as He gives us strength. Fellowship with God is a tremendous antidote to loneliness.
The Son of God knows what it is like to be lonely. Read about the night before he was crucified while he was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, all his friends fell asleep. He understands and offers to fill that vacuum in your life. When I am lonely, I reach out to him in prayer, and he conquers my needs. Then I am to reach out to those around me in love and compassion.
Develop a relationship with him, and a friendship with others. …….that is the cure