“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.” John 16:33

Imprisoned by a sense loneliness is debilitating. It hijacks the spirit and cripples the heart into a need for others. Living a lonesome life, believing the lie of isolation is gripping. Joy is not made complete in this and while I can certainly resonate with those feelings, those moments of quietness, stillness mixed with the grief and pain of loss, I completely understand.

Here is what I know about this . . . and I write because I must hear myself speak Truth back at me.

Jesus, while speaking to His disciples spoke of His time of departure and the fact that once He is gone, they will scatter. Worse, He tells them they will leave Him alone. They will abandon their Lord, they will leave Him and go on their merry way.

My Jesus knows how I feel right now, He understands me and my circumstances — He’s been there!

More so, He knew then that though His followers abandoned Him that He was not alone. He knew and rested in the peace of knowing His Father is with Him. I have been set free from the bondage of loneliness forever!

Jesus, I need a nudge from your Spirit! I, like you, feel lonely. But also, like you, may I remember who my Father is and that He is with me always! That He has overcome the world though I may have trouble in this world. That in you, I may have peace in my heart!

“Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” John 16:32b

by:  Mark Cruver

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