Psalms 68:6 says, “God makes a home for the lonely”. In other versions they translated it as “God makes a home for the lonely” or that “God gives the lonely a family to belong to”.
So what does this all add up to? He gives us family, a home/a place we belong, and that place is full of other like-people, and in essence we get something we all long for, which is community.
Now don’t get me wrong, I hate using the word community right now. Mainly because it is one of the new “buzzwords” of the church these days. Someone with a large/successful church wrote a book about how they did it, and now everyone else is parroting their process, words, and plans in hopes to replicate something – something that may have at one time been genuine.
So I basically want to gag every time I hear the word community, or post modern, emerging, transparent, etc. Mainly because I consider the source of the word, and the majority of these people are just using words to describe something that is not evident on its own merit or depiction.
Sorry, I am loosing focus.
We long to belong. We were not created to be solitary people, and something inside us dies when not ignited by others. So many people are lonely, and are so open and willing for some kind of attention and human contact.
In one day’s time I:
- Saw an old man walking alone in the cold and offered him a ride to where he was going and someone to talk to. Suprisingly he accepted. I assumed he would not trust a stranger, let alone a punky looking kid with ink and metal in his body.
- Was contacted by a total stranger in an online chat who was alone and depressed and just wanted to talk to anyone who was up. I let them talk until they ran out of things to say, and that took quite some time.
- Was hit on by a girl half my age that was abused by her dad, moved away to escape him, and although she is now safe – is now isolated from friends and companions. I turned down her date proposal, but sat down (in a public and open area) and listened to her tell her story.
- Saw two people in school that I don’t really know well in the “common area”. Each were off to themselves, closed off, and defensive. Books open, headphones on, backs turned. I sat down and started engaging one in conversation, then noticed the other was listening in on it, and brought them into it as well. I figured I would stay focused on them as long as they wanted. I figured it would last 5-10 mins… it lasted an hour. That was more time than I wanted to give at first, but I was glad I pushed past that. It was a nice experience.
- Was checking my gmail and got contacted by someone I met just the other day while playing sports at the local sports complex. They said “hi” and instead of brushing it off, or just saying “hi” back – asked them how they were doing, and remembered some things that they said to me in passing the day before. Hey, how did (fill in the blank) turn out? It turned into a long conversation. Now I know this persons job, college background, dog, and hopes and plans for the future.
- I have class with this one girl and she and her boyfriend noticed me visiting the church that they go to and they went out of their way to say hi to me and sat next to me. I invited them to dinner. They accepted. I know a lot more about them now, they are an awesome couple. He wants to be a librarian. I know him and her a lot better now. I assumed they would not like me that much, but I had a great night. I am glad of that, and that they sat next to me… because I get lonely out here too.
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