August 6

Written by Bill Grandi on August 6th, 2020

One of the by-products of the pandemic we are going through has been loneliness. Being cooped up, isolated, sequestered, quarantined, or just plain fearful of being around people has led to many feeling alone. There is a hankering for human interaction, but it is often slow in forthcoming. Already lonely people are even lonelier. Many have become hermits, fearful of their own shadows. Many, sadly, think they need no one else; while in truth, we desperately need other people.

Chuck Swindoll once wrote about meeting a former Marine who was converted after his discharge. This Marine was the picture of a typical Marine-touch, cussed loudly, drank heavily, chased women, and had no need for Christians or the church. When he saw Chuck he said the thing he missed was the times at the tavern when he and his buddies would sit around a pitcher of beer and laugh, joke, and let their hair down (as if a Marine could do that).  🙂  On another occasion he also wrote a quote from someone who said, “The neighborhood bar is possibly the best counterfeit there is to the fellowship Christ wants to give His church.” (Dropping Your Guard-p.128)  {Note: please know I am NOT recommending someone go to a local bar or tavern for fellowship}.

What that Marine, of course, was talking about was his need for fellowship. A place he could laugh, cry, and be accepted. And that is why this pandemic has brought about so much loneliness. We have no one. Phones and computers and texting is not enough. We need face-to-face, in person contact.

How about you?  Are you isolated? Are you alone? Get outside. Find someone else who may be alone, or feeling alone. There are safe ways to make that happen if you are concerned about that.  People need people whether we realize it or not.

“Father, you are my refuge, my safe place. But sometimes we just need someone with skin. We are all made for others. Help me to search out those who are lonely and see how I can help.”


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Yes, I think lonliness is a major by-product of COVID. I would think especially among the elderly. I am in the process of re-starting my old CareVan ministry that I had on Long Island, down here in Mooresville, NC. And I’m starting with the elderly. I’m reaching out to them through purchasing non-food essentials and delivering them. And I hope this personal touch to them will not only help them tangibly but also emotionally and spiritually. We absolutely need the human touch in our lives. Great post, Bill.

  2. I’m grateful to have Danny and my son, Daniel, for company at this time. I know I’d be sick with loneliness without them, and I grieve for all those who truly feel isolated. We do so need one another!
    Blessings, Bill!