"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16

The empty loneliness of the widow in a home that feels suddenly vacant and empty, whose table for two is set for one. Those who have lost a parent, the homeless teen, and the divorced person who was married for many years…they all understand the anguish of loneliness at the deepest levels. God is not the author of loneliness. He does not want us to be isolated and lonely. He gave us life that is meant to be full and rich.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139: 14-16)

Jesus understands our loneliness. “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.” (John 1:11) Jesus lived a life of loneliness. “He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows …” (Isaiah 53:3). His disciples forsook Him the night He died. He took the sin of the world upon Himself and even God His Father could not look upon Him…Jesus died alone. Do not be afraid of loneliness. Gather your strength. Loneliness and solitude are not the same. In solitude, you are by yourself, but not alone. For there is One who is always with you. If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit indwells you.

Experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit is something you develop over time. He does not shout at you. He does not navigate when you are driving. He does not give you a list of instructions every morning. Nevertheless, He is there. He cherishes you. If you had been the only soul on Earth, Jesus Christ would have died for you alone. Through Him, you have value and worth. He knows the very hairs of your head. He made you, He wants you, He knows you, He loves you, and He understands. He is constantly with you.

So remember, while you may be lonely, you are never alone. He promised never to leave you. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).


We promised one another
that no sun would set
without, “I love you”.
We pledged no door would close
without a farewell kiss.

Older now, my lips still yearn
for another sweet kiss
one more tender “I love you”.
Through all those years
our hearts as one
our vows were kept.

Until I was seven years old, I stayed with my Aunt Minnie and Uncle Homer…yes, those were their names…no-really!

There are two things I remember most about Minnie and Homer’s house. Having to take a nap every day and watching for my mother to come home. I started the, “how many more minutes” game at about twenty-minutes until five. Somehow in my little-girl mind, Homer was magic because he got it right every time.

When my mama came through the door, I ran to her as fast as I could and she wrapped me in her arms while I smothered her soft, smooth face with kisses. She smelled like heaven and looked like a Forties Movie-star. Her deep red lipstick and powdery make-up was still perfect at the end of the day. She was more beautiful that anything I’d ever seen. Her coat absorbed all the perfume smells and the soda fountain aromas from the Vee Drug where she worked. I would bury my face in the folds of her dark blue, nubby coat for as long as she’d let me. I can still remember how the lining of that coat made a silken rustling sound as she bent down to hold me. I wanted to keep the smell and that sound with me forever, and in a way I guess I have. Anytime I miss her, I close my eyes, remember the perfumey smells and see her movie-star face.

My mother is in Heaven now. I believe she sometimes wears her dark-blue, nubby coat, puts on her deep red lipstick and thinks of me.

There are so many promises in God’s Word that it was hard to decide on only 15 of them.  These promises, like all His Word, you can depend upon.  These are from the New Living Translation Bible.

Below the list is a youtube video entitled, “God’s Promises Do Not Expire”.

  • Father knows what we need before we even ask Him.  (Matthew 6:8b)
  • Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.  (Matthew 10:32)
  • Your faithfulness continues through all generations.  (Psalm 119:90a)
  • The Lord hears when I call to Him.  (Psalm 4:3b)
  • You are the Father of the fatherless.  (Psalm 10:14 b)
  • Though my father and mother forsake me the Lord will receive me.  (Psalm 27:10)
  • The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit  (Psalm 34:18)
  • Come near to God and He will come near to you.  (James 4:8a)
  • The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer.  (1 Peter 3:12a)
  • Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:6b)
  • If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:9)
  • He will wipe every tear from our eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away.  (Revelation 21:4)
  • Yes I am coming soon!  (Revelation 22:20b)
  • He rewards those who diligently seek Him.  (Hebrews 11:6b)
  • Praise be to the Lord, to God our savior who daily bears our burdens.  (Psalm 68:19)

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