Finding Your Creative Bones® 365-Day Devotional © 2023
Christians can find community and connection in moments of loneliness in many ways.
The Lord will keep me safe from every evil work and will give me salvation in his kingdom in heaven: to whom be glory for ever and ever. So be it. (2 Timothy 4.18 Bible in Basic English (BBE))
Being a Christian does not mean you will never be lonely for others. Even Paul longed for the company of the other Apostles in the New Testament. He felt the Lord protecting him, but he also felt alone. He did not let it keep him from his work, yet it affected him. We are no different; sometimes, we feel isolated and long for others who think and act as we do. That is one reason so many find comfort in a church. There, you hear the familiar words and see and speak to many who feel like you do about God. It can be very comforting to spiritual loneliness.
Take heart and keep moving forward in your journey. Do not let your loneliness tear you away from the Lord. If you do, evil is winning. Recognize this and change your routine quickly to drive the feelings away. Call someone, go for a walk, and greet everyone you meet. Find an opportunity to share your love story about God. Rest and take care of yourself. When you are weary, your feelings hurt the most, impacting your ability to work through situations. Be firm in your faith, knowing God protects you just as Paul did.
Christians can find community and connection if they seek it out. You can, too.
Heavenly Father, sometimes I feel genuine sorrow because I am alone in how I feel about you. Sometimes, I feel lonely in a room full of people who do not believe as I do in you. Protect me in these times. Encourage and remind me to be gentle with myself. Strengthen me to refuse to accept the loneliness and remind me to smile and remember the sweet joy you and our love Jesus provide every moment if I accept it. Your truth can guide me and is enough to find my way through loneliness and sorrow. I have only to begin a conversation with you in my heart. Recognizing that we are two is my barrier to loneliness. I am grateful for your presence and love. Your grace will see me through my darkest hours. I pray in Jesus Christ's name. Amen
a tangle originated by Sue Schneider, CZT®
Word of the Day
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