Lonely? You’re not alone! With almost five billion people around the world connected by by cell phone, surveys say one in four agonizes with loneliness. Even Elijah complained to God, “I, even I only, am left.” But God apprised him of seven thousand who were faithful and also led led him to Elisha (1 Kings 19:10)
As a child, Henry Francis Lyte had reasons to feel alone. His father had abandoned the family and his mother died when he was nine. A minister’s family eventually took him in, and Henry became a pastor himself, and was also a prolific poet and song writer. One of his most famous, written shortly before his death at age fifty-four, begged God to “Abide With Me.”
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide; When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me. I need Thy presence every passing hour; What but Thy grace can fail the tempter's power? Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.
The Lord does abide with His children. So he promises never to leave us alone. “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:7-10)
” For he hath said, I Will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5b)
~Lucinda J. Rollings