A few months ago, I read a book called “Alone Sucks” by Timothy Eldred
It focused on the Loneliness epidemic in our country. I was amazed with the book and was looking for a way to share it with others.
Recently, they came out with a companion curriculum “Standing Alone Together” With the support from Student Table, we decided to set aside 5 weeks this winter to go through the curriculum.
Over the past few weeks, we spent time discussing the existence of loneliness in our world,
in our community and in our own lives.
The purpose of this study was not to try to solve it or get rid of it, but discuss ways this group can break through the loneliness for others and how they can cope when they experience loneliness in their own lives.
40% of people in the United States have reported being alone.
We discussed the fact that you can feel alone even when you are in a group of people.
One week we discussed the Creation story in Genesis 1. We were all surprised to note that when God saw that Adam was lonely, God didn’t make the animals talk to keep Adam company. God created another human to connect with Adam.
We are created to need others.
We are created to fill a need in another human being.
Yet so many of our relationships are “surface” relationships. We rarely let people see the hurt and fear we struggle with. And this helps to create a lonely community.
Everyone is hurting and needs human connection.
Through out our lives as teens and adults, the world seems to send us messages that tell us we are not enough.
If we all took our ability to connect with another person and used it to reach out to others, we could heal our Loneliness one person at a time.
Who can YOU reach out to today?
Who needs to know that you care?
If you are feeling lonely, who can you go to for help?
God created us to care for one another.
What can you do to take this seriously this week?
If you need someone to talk to, please know I am here and just an email/text/phone call away!
Don’t hesitate to reach out!