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“A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” – Psalm 68:6
The holidays can be a stressful time for lots of people. Ironic enough, in the midst of the Christmas spirit of joy, many struggle during this season. Sometimes it’s due to the loss of a family member we miss, or maybe the finances aren’t exactly there to get the gifts we would like to for our loved ones. Other times, we might simply be far from family and just feeling a bit lonely during this holiday season.
God says that he makes a home for the lonely. In other translations, the Bible tells us that God sets the lonely in families. This is exactly what church is meant to be. Our spiritual families certainly don’t replace our flesh and blood, but in a sense we might feel a closer relationship with like minded believers than we do with our own family. Churches are filled with spiritual brothers and sisters, friends and spiritual moms and dads. These people can be a great source of support for us when we feel lonely or are just struggling through a tough season in our lives.
Families aren’t perfect and neither is the church. There might be people we disagree with in our church family, or people we simply don’t like. Either way, God is working on all of us and in some weird way we actually need each other in the process. The greatest cure for loneliness this season is to force yourself to get out of your comfort zone and spend time with friends, new and old. The new year is around the corner. Maybe it’s time you allowed God to actually connect you to this wonderful concept of fellowship called the church? You might actually enjoy it!
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