“For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”
Ecclesiastes 4 : 10
Hattie Johnson found it difficult to go to Church after her husband died.
They had always sat together – and now it seemed so terribly lonely to sit by herself.
She felt tempted to stay at home – that is until she found her special “Ministry”.
Hattie decided to go back to Church. She would find a seat near the back.
As people started coming in- she would silently pray for the visitors who would come that day.
When she saw one of them sitting alone , she would find a place near to her.
There would be a ‘handshake- a smile – a few words of welcome’.
After the Service, Hattie had an opportunity to get better acquainted –
and sometimes invited them home for lunch.
Hattie made many wonderful friends over the years through her ministry-
who happened to visits Hattie’s Church.
Because of her concern for others who were also lonely –
the pain of their loneliness turned into ‘JOY” of service.
“Those who give their lives to Christlike ministry know the meaning of true happiness.
Their interests and their prayers reach beyond self –They receive wisdom from heaven –
They become more and more like Christ, sharing His Love. There is no opportunity for spiritual stagnation” (Testimonies, vol. 9, p.42)
If loneliness is one of your problems – find a special Ministry-
that will bring you into contact with others and you will be blessed.
Loneliness – is hard. It may be separation from friends or travel or loss by death.
Mankind will always be lonely if they are ‘separated’ from God.
Cultivating a sense of God’s presence is a cure to loneliness.
“My chief employment was the employment of God’s presence.” -(Henry Martyn’s Diary)
May God lead me to someone who needs a word of encouragement – and to show them His LOVE.