Comfort in Loneliness

Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. Psalm 147:1-7 (NRSV)

Jenny McBride lives in Alabama. She works in a memory-care facility with residents who have middle-to-late stage dementia. One day, a resident named Margaret told her that she felt lonely and didn't know where her family was. She didn't remember that her family had recently visited. Jenny tried to reassure her that she was not alone, and she gave her a hug and a smile. But it seemed like that wasn't what she needed to hear in that moment. Margaret started to walk away and then turned around to look at Jenny. She said, "God said he will never leave us or forsake us." Jenny told her that she was absolutely right. As she walked away, she seemed to feel better. Although Margaret struggled to remember many things, she remembered a Bible verse that brought her comfort at the right time.

Jenny believes that God sends us the encouragement we need in the exact moment we need it - through songs, experiences, other people, and the Bible. Jenny has experienced this in her own life and witnessed it in the lives of others. I have too! How about you? We serve a mighty God! Whatever we're facing today, we can trust that God is here for us. God will never leave us or forsake us, and we are never alone.

Prayer: Dear Lord, guide us to show your love to those who are lonely. During our own times of loneliness, remind us that you are with us, in Jesus' name, amen.

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