Loneliness, if left unchecked, can lead to isolation, which may produce weariness, sadness and discouragement. This is not God’s plan for our lives. He has called us to live in community, reaching out to others, serving, comforting, and fellowshipping.
New International Version (NIV)
25 A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Let me encourage you to be aware of others–in your neighborhood, your children’s school, your church. Ask God to lead you to other people who are lonely. We long to be included, to feel like we belong, to have caring friends. One of the best ways to do this is to refresh someone else!
Father God, You are a friend to the stranger, the wanderer, the lonely. Forgive me for sitting in my comfort zone and ignoring those around me who long for community. Remind me to practice hospitality, not just with my friends but with outsiders also. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.