Some feel it in a crowd; others feel it when alone. And some feel it during the holidays, such as this one – Christmas. Sociologists say that never before in history have so many people lived so close together and felt so far apart. Loneliness is a major problem. There’s no doubt that singles bars are filled with people battling loneliness. A divorced person, tired of one-night stands, recently said, “Sex is readily available in the American singles scenes, but friendship is not.”
I propose to you that one can still be alone, but not lonely – even now, during this Christmas season. A person will never find victory over loneliness until he learns to enjoy being alone. At the root of all loneliness is alienation from God.
Years ago, a man named Augustine espoused that God has made us for Himself. Our soul is restless until we find rest in Him. We may seek to fill the void with activities, crowds, and noise, but a nagging loneliness will always be there until we have a personal relationship with God. When we find that, we have found the key to being alone, but not lonely.
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