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Only The Lonely by Cheryl Baker

September 8, 2011

“One is the loneliest number that we’ve ever known.”     Three Dog Night

“All the lonely people, where do they all come from?”      The Beatles

Three Dog Night and The Beatles knew it. And we know it. Our head tells us loneliness is bad. Our hearts tell us loneliness hurts. And God Himself told us, “It is not good for man to be alone.” God created human beings with a need, and there is nothing sinful about this need.  God created it and Adam experienced it before sin ever entered the world.

Just as God created the need, He delivered the solution.  God created another person! He chose people to meet this alone-ness need in mankind.  So often, with Simon and Garfunkel we sing to ourselves, “I am a rock, I am an island.” We hesitate to admit our need. God said it is not good to be alone, we say, I am fine hanging out with myself. We lie. Having intimacy with God is essential and central to the Christian life, but we also must be in intimate, honest and vulnerable relationships with other people.

Who are your best friends? Can you tell them anything and everything and get love and support in return?  What groups do you belong to? Are you reaching out to the lonely? Like Barbara Streisand sang, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” Go make friends and disciples you lucky people!

Cheryl Baker


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