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Saturday, May 20, 2006

You are Not Alone!

Even for those with great family and even better friends there can be times of extreme loneliness. There are times when others don't understand the pressure of the decisions we have to make. There may be moments when others can't understand the hurts we feel. Sometimes we’re too ashamed of ourselves to let others see us as we really are. We may feel totally inadequate in the midst of more educated or successful people. It seems that acceptance is rarely gotten.

"The heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy." (Proverbs 14:10) Hearts that aren’t hurting in some way are the exception, not the rule. Not all of us suffer the same losses or trouble, but we do all suffer in ways others may not understand.

On the other hand, each person also has his or her own joys. Some find a special joy in their jobs, some in their hobbies, and some in their families or friends. Each heart has its sorrows and joys. Someone can tell you about his bitterness, but he can't give you his bitterness. A person can explain to you why she has joy, but she can't give you her joy. At the dedication of the Lord's temple, Solomon asked God on behalf of those going there to pray, "each one knows the plague of his own heart.¨ Imploring the Lord further, he added, "for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men.¨ (1 Kings 8:38-39). Rest assured: God knows your bitterness and your joy. You’re not alone!

All people want to be accepted and loved. The words in Isaiah 43:1 invite the lonely and isolated into God's family to enjoy His acceptance. "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine." The same message is emphasized in 1 Peter 2:9-10, because of Jesus, God accepts us as His children: "But ye are a chosen generation...which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God. ¨ Jesus became like us. He was so alone that He had no place to call "home." He suffered loneliness to bring us to fellowship. Though we often don’t feel accepted in the world, Jesus Christ offers a free, indestructible gift of unconditional acceptance. He is a friend and constant companion. Fear not! In a world of isolation, silence, and loneliness, you belong to God - you are His!

Pastor Mike


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