Begin with God … He Helps Ease Loneliness
In the Word
How can I ease my loneliness?
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
Of the Word
Loneliness is not just being alone. It is feeling alone and unloved. But are we ever truly alone? No, for Jesus promises: … surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20b).
When lonely feelings do come, how can we cope with them? Jesus' comforting words bring reassurance. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
What is our response to Jesus' promise and His loving invitation to rest in Him? Inspired by the Holy Spirit, St. Peter wrote, Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others … (1 Peter 4:10a).
Knowing that we are never truly alone — even though our human nature would have us believe otherwise — we can trust fully in God and then reach out in love to others.
Walking with my Lord
Dear Savior, thank You for Your promise to be with me always. When dark and lonely times come, help me to believe without a doubt that You are close beside me. Show me ways of service that will ease my loneliness and bring joy to others. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Begin with God. Authors: Marcia Gomulka, Dcs. Betty Knapp, Myrna Lou Meyer. 21/28 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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