December 14, 2019

“…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20

You can experience it alone or in a crowd: loneliness. For many, the holidays such as Christmas, can be the loneliest time of the year. Maybe you’re facing your first holiday season after the loss of a loved one. Maybe a relationship or marriage ended and you’re attempting to find your “new normal” this Christmas. For others, family disfunction can heighten feelings of isolation and loneliness. It’s no wonder sociologists claim that never before in history have so many people lived such close proximity and yet felt so alone.

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.”

If this topic strikes a cord with you, then I offer you this proposal: one that can be alone, but not lonely. How? 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.

In Matthew chapter 28, Jesus Himself spoke to the heart of loneliness in His great commission, saying that no matter what He would be with us – even “to the very end of the age.” So, the next time feelings of loneliness begin to creep in this holiday season, remember that promise. Because when we give our lives to Jesus in faith, He will be with us through every high and low of life. And that is the key to being alone, but not lonely this Christmas season.


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