O LORD, you have searched me and known me. (Psalms 139:1 NRSV)

Loneliness: It is the most desolate word in all human language. It is capable of hurling the heaviest weights the heart can endure. It plays no favorites, ignores all rules of courtesy, knows neither border nor barrier, yields no mercy, refuses all bargains, and holds the clock in utter contempt. It cannot be bribed; it will not be left behind. Crowds only make it worse, activity simply drives it deeper.

Some time ago someone placed this ad in a Kansas newspaper, "I will listen to you talk for 30 minutes without comment for $5.00." Sounds like a hoax, doesn't it? But the person was serious. Did anybody call? You bet! It wasn't long before this individual was receiving ten to twenty calls a day. The pain of loneliness was so sharp that some were willing to try anything for a half hour of companionship.

Psalm l39:l-l2 tells us that God knows us, God is our friend, and God does care. Please believe that! God not only knows and cares, God understands. All we have to do is let God come into our lives everyday.

God of all, please take away my loneliness, as I work to get to know you better. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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