Feeling lonely? You are not alone!

lonelinessLONELINESS is packed with feelings and emotions. It can consume you at any time – day or night – and create havoc with your emotions. Feeling lonely can cause you to lose perspective and, sometimes, to lose all hope. Even before COVID, we lived in an isolated culture where people were starved for connection. And now with the fear of COVID, loneliness is even more intensified.

There are days when my life is filled with the sound of voices on the phone, or pictures of friends on Zoom and Facetime, and yet, I feel alone. There have been times in my life when I would walk in a church filled with people, or show up at a party where I knew everyone, and yet, I felt alone. At some point, we’ve all experienced feelings of being alone and the shadow of loneliness that follows close behind.

You can feel alone when…

You’re hurting physically or emotionally,

You’re facing hard times,

You’ve experienced a life-changing loss

or devastating circumstances.

 

You can feel alone when…

your body begins to fail you,

your thinking becomes distorted,

you have to make a major decision,

your life seems overwhelming.

 

You can feel alone when…

you have everything money can buy,

you don’t have any friends,

your marriage is falling apart,

you have no one to turn to for help.

 

You can feel alone when…

you’re surrounded by people,

you have no one to talk to,

no one who will listen,

no one cares.

If any of these reasons fit you today, would you say this sentence aloud right now? I promise, you will not sound silly.

I AM NEVER ALONE.

      I AM NEVER ALONE.

Then, I want you to cling to this Psalm each day…

The Lord is my constant companion.

There is no need that He cannot fulfill.

Whether His course for me points to

The mountaintops of glorious ecstasy

Or to the valleys of human suffering,

He is by my side, He is ever present with me.

 

He is close beside me

When I tread the dark streets of danger,

And even when I flirt with death itself,

He will not leave me.

 

When the pain is severe, He is near to comfort.

When the burden is heavy, He is there to lean upon.

When depression darkens my soul,

He touches me with eternal joy.

When I feel empty and alone,

He fills the aching vacuum with His power.

 

My security is in His promise to be near me always,

And in the knowledge that He will never let me go.

(The Twenty-Third Psalm…from Psalms Now)

Now, remember this, my friends…

 YOU MIGHT FEEL LONELY, BUT YOU’RE NEVER ALONE.

In case you are wondering, this version of the 23rd Psalm sits on my desk to remind me of God’s presence for the times I feel alone.

From My Heart to Yours,

Susan Miller

Susan Miller
Founder of Just Moved Ministry
Author of After the Boxes Are Unpacked
America’s Moving Coach

Susan

8 Comments

  1. BrittanyB on November 5, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    First blog that popped up in my Google search about loneliness. Thanks for the kind words !

  2. Tánya on October 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Awesome and right on time!

  3. Jill on August 2, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you, Susan ❤️

  4. Monika Cheang on August 1, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I love this, Susan!

  5. Chantal on August 1, 2020 at 9:38 am

    As yourself, I have lost my life’s companion 20 years ago and yet, I miss him everyday. So many things to do, enough time to do them all, and yet I feel loneliness at times.
    God immense love surrounds me, His multiple daily blessings are amazing and yet I feel that this world often lacks meaning.

    • Rebecca G Blalock on April 19, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      So what do you do to move past your lonliness? My husband is in the nursing home for memory care. I miss him and I am trying to get on with my life.

      • Susan Miller on May 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm

        Rebecca,
        I hurt for you, and can’t imagine how difficult it is with your husband in a nursing home for memory care. In the midst of your loneliness, persevere to get out (as much as possible with COVID restrictions), get involved in something that is life-giving since so much has been taken away in your loss. Perhaps volunteer, join a Bible study group, or reach out to someone else who is going through similar circumstances. I will pray that you feel God’s presence in your loneliness.

  6. Penny on August 1, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Thank you Susan. You always speak right to my heart. I love you my friend and praise God for bringing you into my life????????

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