The very first thing named as “not good” in the Bible is loneliness and so God fixed that situation by giving Adam a mate. (see Genesis 2:18-25 to read about it).
Here we are centuries later yet even though surrounded by people many think they are alone and so they wallow in their misery. Well, just as it was with Adam, God has a solution.
To make a point here is a story from April 7, 2010: NEW YORK – Two-year-old Bridget Sheridan fell off a gangplank at the South Street Seaport museum into New York’s East River. Her father, David Anderson, says she slipped through guardrails while he was adjusting his camera.
A French tourist says he didn’t think twice about diving in to save her. Anderson followed closely behind. Julien Duret scooped up the girl and gave her to her father. Julien said, “The emotion took over. I didn’t think at all. I reacted very fast. I’ve never done anything like that before.”
The New York Daily News says the 29-year-old tourist got in a cab after the rescue and went on with the day. Julien says he doesn’t think he’s a hero. He said, “Anyone would have done the same thing. I was just happy that I was able to help her, and that the family has been reunited.” To Bridget’s Dad _ Julien Duret is definitely a hero.
I came across this quote and think it is a great antidote for loneliness: “I went outside to find a friend but could not find one there. I went outside to be a friend and friends were everywhere.” (“Our Daily Bread” June 21, 2010.) I have a feeling that if you ask David Anderson he would tell you that he wasn’t looking for one but that he certainly found a friend.
I thought about all that and realized that part of the reason church growth is stymied is due to lacking a key element found in the early church. The early church had phenomenal growth because they were devoted to 4 things: the word of God, worshipping God, praying to God, and fellowship with both God and people.
So, church be a friend and you will not only help the “lonely” by helping them connect to someone you might just help yourself not to mention the opportunity to connect them to God, the One who will never leave them nor forsake them _ the One who has the perfect cure for loneliness.