“‘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?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
“Grendel and his mother are dead … but something survived.”