Have you ever felt alone? Truly and totally alone, like there is no one else in the world – or at least like there is no one in the world who really cares if you take another breath? If you have, then you know how terrifying that can be. We all need others to love us and even adults need someone to understand and symbolically kiss our boo-boos.
Babies are born into a family that is supposed to care for them, supposed to feed and cuddle them so they feel loved and learn to trust the world around them. Sadly, not every child has that important opportunity. Even if the basic needs are met, babies need touch, attention, and protection. When that doesn’t happen, it is called neglect. Neglect is WRONG. It is ABUSIVE. Love is a basic need of a child.
Love is also a basic need of an adult who was neglected or abused as a child. If you were one of those unfortunate children, then you may feel lonely and even abandoned sometimes. When you find someone you can trust, maybe you tend to cling to that person, because you never want to feel abandoned again. To some, it feels like a fate worse than death. Nights can feel like years when you are alone and sleep won’t come. You know you are lonely when you just can’t wait for morning so you can go to work and see people.
You are not alone in your feelings. Many other people feel that way, too. You are also not alone in your home. There is someone who is always there, just waiting for you to reach out. Jesus knows how you feel. Can you imagine how lonely He must have felt in the Garden of Gethsemane pouring His heart out in prayer for you and me. [Matthew 28:36-47] Did you know He was carrying the guilt and shame of the whole world, past, present and future as He hung on the cross? Before He rose to heaven, he promised us a gift He called the “helper”and the “comforter”.[John 14:16] The Holy Spirit is always there to listen to your greatest hurts and hide you under the shadow of His wings. [Psalm 91 NJK}
If you don’t know Jesus, you are missing out on the greatest blessing. He wants you to come to Him. Confess that you are a sinner and ask Him to forgive your sins. He already paid for them on the cross, so they will be forgiven as soon as you ask. Then pray and tell Him about your deepest needs. He will listen. He loves you.
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