Last week we took a look a loneliness and we asked the question what do we do?
Most importantly, much prayer – for yourself, your family, church, and community – all dealing
with these issues to one degree or another. Become a prayerful listener and a listening prayer.
(Psalm 32:7-8, 143:8)
Let us become more of a community where none of us is too poor that we have nothing to give, and none of us is too rich that we have nothing to receive. Let us have our eyes open to the needs around us and learn to know the joy of serving others, as unto Christ. (Colossians 3:23)
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:9-21)
“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor to build him up.” (Romans 15:1-2)
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11-14)
Be aware, listen, pray, serve with joy. Be blessed as you give. (Acts 20:35) Be compelled by Christ’s love to no longer live for yourself but for Him who died for us and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
“We live in a lonely world now because we are disconnected, and we are disconnected because of an excessive emphasis on the word “I.” Roger Scruton writes that the world we live in is an intolerable din of “I this” and “I that,” with a loss of any wholesome sense of “we.” (The Wounds of Beauty by Margarita Mooney Suarez p.148)
Get your kids involved in a “serving” project and pray together for those you serve. It is exciting seeing God do His work of transformation, especially when you get to play a little part in the process.
Keep close to Jesus. Keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25) We have been created to walk with Him, our Lord Jesus, Immanuel, through this life, then through the river of death into the Celestial City to be with Him forever. Across the years of our brokenness, God is stitching a story of redemption. He is faithful! And He will do it! (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)