18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Loneliness is a real problem in the world today. Despite the many ways we can be “connected,” we have lost the connections we once had. We no longer live as a nuclear family with our relatives close by. We are obsessed with busyness and make little time for connection with friends or family. As our senior population continues to grow, many find themselves alone after the death of a spouse, and unable to get out and make new friends. Loneliness can lead to depression and/or suicide.
I often say, God is with us, always working around us, but it is us who fail to notice. And I know this is true. I know God never leaves us, never abandons us, even in our loneliest moments, God is right there. And while God is our source of strength, peace, grace, and healing, God is not a substitute for human connection. God created human beings and immediately recognized that human beings needed a partner, a friend. God created us to need each other, to depend on one another, and to experience all that God has to offer, through the connection with another human being.
Yes, God is omnipresent, always with us, but God often, mostly works through other people. We are called to be God’s hands and feet, bringing grace, love, kindness, and help to the other. We do this by first noticing the needs of another. We have to get out of our own little world and pay attention to those around us, see when someone is hurting, recognize the pain in another’s face, and then be willing to provide help. This is how God shows up, practically speaking, through the listening ear, the plate of food, the warm hug, or the phone call. Yes, God is with us, always. And sometimes, that has to be enough. But most of the time, people can experience God through you and me.
What are you doing to pay attention to the needs around you? How can you be the hands and feet of Christ today?
God, I sometimes struggle to believe you are with me. Forgive me for not noticing your presence. Please help me become more aware of the way you are working with me and for me. Show me the big and small ways you are guiding me, calling me, and providing for me. Give me the courage to proclaim your presence and live in gratitude for your constant grace. Thank you, Lord. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.
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