Loneliness and abandonment are 2 of the most basic fears that human beings face. It is a very real fear that people grapple with. Perhaps you are facing divorce and the thought of being alone is unbearable. Perhaps you have lost a loved one and everything seems so empty and alone. But there is another type of loneliness where you are surrounded by people, but you still feel alone. You could even be part of a wonderful family, but you feel like you are carrying things all by yourself. My mother lives in a retirement village and it has about 220 dwelling units. The vast majority of these units are filled with widows and there are only about 12 men in the village. My mother’s observation was that men carry a responsibility, usually alone, that no one really sees, and it influences their lifespan, while women often have to end up alone. The answer from the Lord in this situation is – ‘I AM WITH YOU!’

Hebrews 13:5 For He has said, “I WILL NEVER [under any circumstances] DESERT YOU [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], NOR WILL I FORSAKE or LET YOU DOWN or RELAX MY HOLD ON YOU [assuredly not]!” (Amplified Bible)

The Lord is by your side – you are never alone.

Many times, we carry within us our cares and concerns for others. As a child I carry concerns for my mother, I often pray that God will strengthen her and preserve her life. As a parent I carry concerns for my daughters. I ask the Lord to protect them, and I pray that they will have success, happiness and peace. As a Pastor I carry concerns for my members, and I pray for the people of God for whom I am responsible. We often receive prayer requests from people regarding the concerns they have for their families, their spouses and their friends. I believe that God places people in our lives. Some people are in our lives for many years and some people touch our lives for fleeting moments. I am persuaded that God places love and care in our hearts towards these people and their wellbeing becomes important to us. We want the best for them, and we don’t want to see them destroyed. Perhaps that’s what the Bible speaks about when it says we should ‘bear each other’s burdens.’ This is especially true when it comes to parents and the issues their children face. I have seen many a parent with a heavy heart because of what their children are facing or going through. The Lord shares the concerns you have for others. The answer from the Lord in this situation is – ‘I CARE, AND I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT!’

Matthew 6:30 ‘And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you.’

And may I add: ‘He will certainly care for those you care about!’

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