Loneliness seems to be an inevitability of life, even when we may be physically surrounded by other people. We may feel lonely when we're feeling depressed or anxious, when we’ve suffered a loss, when we’re in a new place or when facing boredom or a lack of fulfilling activities.
However, when we're lonely — especially just after moving into a new community or being apart from our loved ones — we can always stand strong on faith that God is with us, supporting us and helping us find contentment where we are and with the people He places in our lives.
Isaiah and Loneliness
In Isaiah 41:10 (NIV), we are told “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Whether you’ve just moved into Bethesda Gardens or have been here for a while, you may at times feel lonely away from your former home, family, neighbors and church congregation. The prophet Isaiah reminds us in this verse that no matter where we are, God is at our side as our strength and our help. He can give you the courage you need to introduce yourself to new neighbors here in the assisted living community, join a new activity, participate in our prayer group or connect with our onsite chaplain.
Loss and Loneliness
Oftentimes, a feeling of loneliness comes shortly after a loss. Perhaps you’re missing a loved one around the anniversary of their passing or have recently lost a neighbor or friend. You may even be feeling lonely because of a potential loss to come when you see a treasured friend suffering.
In Psalm 147:3 (NIV), we read that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” God knows the love we have for others and how broken we can feel at their loss, but though He knows we grieve that loss, He doesn’t want us to live a brokenhearted, lonely life. Casting our faith and trust on God helps heal the wounds of loss and restores us to peace.
Fear and Loneliness
Sometimes, change can leave us fearful and lonely, particularly if we're in a new place, and that’s when we can turn to the Old Testament for a bit of comfort: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV))
God is where you are; where you are, there is God. Here at Bethesda Gardens, we want you to know that we're here for and with you too.
You have access to staff who can help you to get acclimated to the community and find what you need to feel comfortable here, and you are also surrounded by neighbors who are just waiting to become your new friends. You may even find that you already have friends who live here in the community. Rely on God’s strength, our knowledgeable staff and your own courage to get to know those around you and join in our many activities.
Posted on Fri, August 3, 2018
by Shawn Deane