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The Loneliness Epidemic- 3- The Loneliness of the Bereaved

The Loneliness Epidemic
Day 3- The Loneliness of the Bereaved
Ruth 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 even lost a sibling. But today’s topic is about the loneliness people experience when their world changes from a great loss. Their home suddenly becomes quieter, without the echoes of a loved one’s laughter, voice, and presence. From those I’ve spoken to and interviewed about this deep mourning, the loneliness can feel unbearable at times. It’s a physical pain.

It’s such a difficult thing when grieving a loss, and while our hearts in time may heal the deeper ache, the loss of a loved one’s presence results in a profound sadness because we miss them. Going forward, you learn to do things without them. But while you’ll attend social functions eventually, it’ll never feel the same as it did before. You’ll still go home to a house that doesn’t feel complete, and you’ll still fall asleep wishing to hear their voice once again. This is a place where the Comforter is desperately needed—a Voice in their absence reminding you that He remains; He loves. He longs to help you heal. He tenderly offers His strength in your immense weakness.

I love the Scripture reference above from the Psalmist. When we are lonely and ache from the pain of it, He draws close. He saves us from the crushing feeling of loss and grief and soothes us with His presence. I’ve experienced that soothing in other areas of profound loss, and it’s such an amazing comfort.

If you’re lonely today and missing someone you loved and still love, know that Jesus cares for your pain. He wants to pour Himself into those areas of emptiness and fill you with hope that someday, some way, you’ll feel better than you do today. His Spirit will go with you into each new day, and in the quiet of each night He will whisper words of comfort and peace.

Being lonely is one of the hardest feelings to navigate. It opens us up to a vulnerability that can bring harm to us emotionally, physically and spiritually. Being on guard for how Satan will use our loneliness for our loss and his gain is wise. He does not want Jesus to fill your void, but rather wants to fill you with negative and harmful thoughts to lead you away from the Spirit’s help.

For those who are lonely and grieving, we offer to pray for you. Let us know in the Contact Us page how we can pray for you in your need. Prayer is so powerful, and we know it’s the best way to combat sadness, loneliness, and any negative emotions. While we must go on without that person we desperately miss, we can remain filled with purpose and, in time, find real joy and peace.

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