The Loneliness Epidemic- 7- Sunday Selah

The Loneliness EpidemicDay 7- Sunday SelahRuth P McDonald“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:46, NIV)At the peak of Jesus’ loneliness, He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). During those hours on the cross, when He became sin for us and paid the price for our sin,…

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The Loneliness Epidemic- 6- Scriptures for Saturday

The Loneliness EpidemicDay 6- Scriptures for SaturdayRuth P McDonaldAs we’ve looked at the subject of loneliness this week, we pray these Scriptures will encourage and comfort you.“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.” (Psalm 27:10, ESV)“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b, ESV)“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them,…

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The Loneliness Epidemic- 5- His Longing in Our Loneliness

The Loneliness EpidemicDay 5- His Longing in Our LonelinessRuth P McDonald“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10, ESV)“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.” (James 5:13a, ESV)How has your loneliness been speaking to you lately? What sort of thoughts fill your mind in quiet…

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The Loneliness Epidemic- 4- The Loneliness of Jesus

The Loneliness EpidemicDay 4- The Loneliness of JesusRuth P McDonald“But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” (Luke 5:16, ESV)Jesus understands loneliness because He too experienced loneliness. While He grew up in a loving family and had a following of disciples, He also would have felt misunderstood. We often read in Scripture that Jesus withdrew to desolate places to pray to His Father. That connection meant so much to Him as…

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The Loneliness Epidemic- 3- The Loneliness of the Bereaved

The Loneliness EpidemicDay 3- The Loneliness of the BereavedRuth P McDonald“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18, ESV)“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4, ESV)I’ve not personally lost a spouse or a child I raised. I’ve not…

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The Loneliness Epidemic- 2- The Loneliness of Singles

The Loneliness EpidemicDay 2- The Loneliness of SinglesRuth P McDonald“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4, ESV)Married at the age of 23, I cannot pretend to know the loneliness of those who have been single for a large portion of their adult life, some never to marry, yet longing for it. This is different than those who are voluntarily single. It must…

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The Loneliness Epidemic- 1- Why Are We So Lonely?

The Loneliness EpidemicDay 1- Why Are We So Lonely?Ruth P McDonald“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19, ESV)“O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you.” (Psalm 38:9, ESV)Long before Covid came along, isolating us in our homes, loneliness was already an issue for many. Forbes Magazine (Feb 24, 2023) reports a stunning…

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