All the lonely people, Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people, Where do they all belong?
All of us experience loneliness from time to time, but for many loneliness has become a chronic problem. How do we as the church, bring hope and friendship to those who are isolated in our own midst? How do we belong to one another?
There’s a lot in the Bible about how life is ‘better together’ and what that looks and feels like. What real life with real people should be like. In fact Paul and others, who were helping the first churches to be communities that belonged to each other, wrote a whole load of statements and commands that these young churches were to live out. These are not things you can simply talk about, these are actions and expectations of those who follow Jesus:
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16)
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Peter 4:9)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25)
So, Coventry Vineyard, how are you doing on these? Are you creating somewhere for the lonely to belong? Who will you call or meet up with this week and ask, “How are you doing, really?”