Archive for April, 2011

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Sunday, April 17th, 2011

           This evening, I hope to reach any of you  who feel lonely and depressed.  Before holidays, people who have suffered the loss of a loved one feel especially alone and disheartened.  More than anyone else, those who have recently lost a close friend or relative are in need of spiritual consolation and the knowledge that they are never really alone. 

          Like everyone else, I have at times experienced this kind of sadness, too.  No one is immune to loneliness and even at times, despair, but, if we remain close to God, He will remain close to us, and we will know in our hearts that we have not been abandoned.   (The Bible tells us this in James 4:8).With continued faith and prayer, we can find the strength to keep going. 

          I spoke to a  relative of mine just a short time ago, and I tried to reach him, but he was feeling so depressed that it was difficult to ease him out of his state of mind.  For short-term help, he needed a friend who lived close by to visit and talk to him personally.   For long-term help, he needed spiritual and psychological help.   Feeling lonely and not having someone with whom to share your feelings is more than challenging for some; it feels impossible to bear.

          A great-niece of mine, a sweet and innocent little girl, lost her grandfather just a few days ago.  Just a few months ago, my grandchildren lost their grandfather, too.   My daughter-in-law’s father died after a long illness, and my grandchildren loved him very much.

          Because the hope of the Resurrection is so instrumental in giving us strength, increasing our faith in God and in the future, and in bringing joy into our lives, it is important to read the Bible and to increase our knowledge on this subject.  Among the many scriptures that I have mentioned in previous posts, one stands out in my mind.  I remember what Jesus said to Martha before he resurrected her brother, Lazarus.  In John 11:25 and 26, he said,

             25…  “I am the resurrection and the life.  He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; 26 and everyone that is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all.”       

          Jesus’s sacrifice for us and his resurrection give us the wonderful hope of everlasting life to come in a paradisaic society.   May that hope help everyone who is sad and lonely tonight or on other days and nights to come!  May God bless you all.

Until the next post,

Cheryl