I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,

            like an owl of the waste places;

I lie awake;

            I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.

—Psalm 102:6-7

I heard about a man whose mother woke him up one Sunday morning and said, “Now, you’ve got to get to church.”

So he said, “I’m not going to church today.”

She said, “Well, that’s unusual. You always go to church. Why don’t you want to go today?”

He said, “People always ignore me there. They talk behind my back, they don’t speak to me, and they walk right past me like they’re avoiding me. I’m sick of it! So I’m not going to church.”

So his mother said, “Well, number one, you have to go because the Lord expects you to go. And number two, you’re the pastor!”

Isn’t it true that even in a place like church, there can be so much loneliness? Even though you’re surrounded by people, it can be as if you’re the only one around.

There’s so much loneliness in the world today. That’s why we have all these support groups and the singles scene and all the things that people are trying to do to fill the gaps in their lives. But even with all those things people are trying to use to numb the pain of loneliness, the feeling of isolation still remains in so many hearts.

Perhaps you’re feeling alone today. Oh, you may be with family and friends, but on the inside there’s that aching, nagging alienation that’s tearing you up. So if you’re feeling alone, remember that God is ever-present and never leaves your side. You can always count on him because he truly cares for you.

WHILE YOU MAY BE FEELING LONELY, GOD IS ALWAYS THERE AND WILL BE WITH YOU THROUGH EVERY SEASON OF PAIN.