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  • J. Randal Matheny 9:42 am on 2017-01-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Those feelings of loneliness 

    Do you ever feel alone? When we feel that way, we’re probably not really alone. Feelings don’t do a good job of reflecting reality. They’re a result of our interpretation of events and situations. Since our views of reality are often skewed, our feelings seldom reflect what’s really happening.

    But let’s say, for sake of argument, that there are times when we’re really alone. Isolated. Estranged. Closed off from people. What would that be like? How would we really feel? (More …)

     
    • Karen 1:19 pm on 2017-01-18 Permalink | Reply

      The feelings of loneliness used to be an everyday occurrence for me. Even though I had lots of friends around me, there was always a feeling of emptiness and alienation. Something major was missing from my life, and sometimes the feelings of loneliness overwhelmed me.
      This past summer I discovered what that “something” was. It wasn’t a something but a someone. When I opened my heart to God last July and began to truly seek him, the loneliness started to subside. When I became involved with his church and was surrounded by a loving and caring group of brothers and sisters, I started to feel like I belonged…that I was not alone any more. After my baptism, I realized that not only did I have a wonderful local church family, but I was part of a very large family…a worldwide family. God is my father and Jesus is my brother. The warmth and love of such a family continually surrounds me. Although there are times my emotions fluctuate, I no longer feel that deep piercing loneliness. In Ps.68:6, it says that God places the lonely in families. I thank and praise him that he placed me in an eternal family!

      • J. Randal Matheny 3:35 pm on 2017-01-18 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your honest words, Karen. I missed that passed in Psalm 68, or I might have included it. Great reference there!

  • TFRStaff 10:15 am on 2012-09-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Doug Kashorek on loneliness and the spiritual family 

    “‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land” Psalm 68:4-6.

    I’ve had two periods in my life when I have been very lonely. As an exchange student in Japan, I was cut off culturally and linguistically from those who cared about me. Then, I student-taught at a school that was geographically isolated. I understand why solitary confinement is such an effective punishment for social beings. Lonliness is our biggest problem today, and as a minister I’ve often wondered why those lonely I work with can’t help each other out of their loneliness. Sometimes personalities or other struggles keep them from it. But one thing is for certain. God sets the lonely in families. He’s not always speaking of physical families; God doesn’t promise you a spouse and kids. But certainly a spiritual family, the household of God, the church. But, just as in a physical family, being a member of God’s family comes with responsibilities, give and take, and takes work to keep all relationships governed by love.

    How are you building up the members of God’s family?

    Doug Kashorek
    Plattsburgh church of Christ
    http://www.plattsburghchurch.com

    author of Kin of Cain
    “Grendel and his mother are dead … but something survived.”
    http://www.douglaskashorek.com

     
  • Ed Boggess 12:58 pm on 2010-02-08 Permalink | Reply
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    JAM 

    Happiness is contagious, but loneliness is catching as well. A study by John Cacioppo, a University of Chicago psychologist, says recent research shows that “when you feel lonely, you are more likely to interact with others negatively” which simply increases your sense of loneliness. Lonely people tend to drive a wedge between them and their friends, the most likely solution to their loneliness, and consequently often spiral downward into depression. The solution is to take personal charge of our feelings and no longer allow outside influences to control how we feel. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess.

     
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