A Pew Research poll recently found that in the United States, 27% of people sixty and over live alone, compared to 16% living alone elsewhere in the world, where elders in the Asia-Pacific region, Sub Saharan Africa, and the Middle East are least likely to live alone, at only 5%.
But Beloved Friends, these are the days of Covid 19, when people of all ages may be in quarantine, and those of us who want to be with our loved ones may be prevented from visiting friends and family out of concern for their health, and even their lives.
How can we cope in isolation? Where can we go when there is literally nowhere to go? To whom can we turn for help when we can’t reach out to the people we need the most? What do we do when we miss each other and all the little joys and pleasures of life that we once took for granted, in a world where everything familiar seems to have disappeared right before our eyes?
The two-part series reposted below, “You Are Not Alone,” follows some of our heroes and heroines from scripture in their loneliest and most difficult times, and asks the questions “What are we missing?” “Why are we here?” and “What do we need?” when we are feeling a loneliness that we cannot escape.
Even though these articles were written in 2018, well before the time of this pandemic, God’s Word is eternal and it applies not only to the heroes of scripture, but to all of us who are called to hold on to hope and courage during the many trials that life here on earth inevitably brings.
We hope you enjoy reading God’s answers to the questions above by clicking on the links below.
As I wrote in “You are not Alone:Part Two”:
“Rick Warren reminds us, ‘God uses problems to draw you closer to himself. The Bible says, ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit [Ps 34:18].’ Your most profound and intimate experiences…will likely be in your darkest days – when your heart is broken, when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great – and you turn to God alone.’“
Always remember that especially when the night seems to be the most dark and the days are unbearably long, Jesus promised to all who believe in his name, “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.” (Matthew 28:20 GW).