Whatever our age, temperament, or family situation, we all experience the ache of loneliness. This sense of being isolated or unwanted, of not being truly seen or known, can consume us when we are physically alone or surrounded by people. Though generally unpleasant, and sometimes crippling, loneliness can reveal to us truths about ourselves. Loneliness strips away distractions to reveal our deep longing for connection—with God and with one another. It causes us to discard illusions of independence and reach out to others to build community. And it drives us to seek a greater awareness of the loving presence of God.
In this three-week mini-series, we will look at different aspects of loneliness, ways to overcome its negative impacts, and the lessons it may have to teach us. Together we will celebrate that we are not alone: that we are fully known by our Heavenly Parent, and are a family growing together in love.
Week 1: Facing Loneliness – Matthew Dyer
Week 2: Experiencing Loneliness – Ruth Campbell
Week 3: Redefining Loneliness – Commitment Sunday