God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell” Psalm 68:6 NIV

Loneliness is a reality for many of us.  It’s not always a constant companion but there are periods of time when we can all feel like we are isolated – whether we live alone or not.  Indeed, the intensity of our loneliness can be exacerbated by the proximity of others. I have found myself looking at Facebook and wondering why everyone seems to be having a much more interested, connected, engaged life than mine.

Families matter.  Ours may be wonderful, flawed or somewhere in between.  The Trinity of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the epitome of the perfect familial relationship.  Three completely sound independent entities that are co-dependent on one another to be truly complete.  What the Father wants for you, His children, is not to be lonely.  This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever be alone – we all need time to think, rest and listen to God – but loneliness grinds you down and tells us the lie that we are unloved and unimportant.

Remind yourself today of the truth in today’s Scripture.  You may be unmarried, a widower or divorcée, or you may never have had children or don’t see the ones you have – you are not excluded from family.  God has placed you in His family.  Cultivate your friendship with Him and others. Ask God to bring new people into your life – invite them to your home – open your heart to see family in unexpected places and by His grace loneliness will be a thing of the past.