Recently my mother-in-law had surgery and after she had been discharged from the hospital Sonja spent a couple of days with her to serve as a caregiver.
Life back here in Fort Mill went on pretty much business-as-usual. However, on one of those “business-as-usual” evenings I was reminded of a very important issue. I was making my last entry in my prayer journal (reflecting on the day) and my entry noted that it had been a good day with the exception that I had missed being able to share the day with Sonja.
It was at that moment that I sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to not miss the vast difference between being separated and being alone.
Through I was missing Sonja because of the distance that separated us, at any given moment I could (and did) pick up the phone and hear her voice on the other end. If need be, I could have gotten in my car and in less than three hours I could have joined her.
In other words, through we were separated by distance we were still together on this planet and had the option of closing the distance between us and being together again.
On the other hand, I was reminded that evening that there were precious parishioners and friends in my life who were more than separated that evening—they were alone.
Their dearly loved companion had preceded them into eternity. Others came to mind that were still looking for their soul mate. These dear ones did not have the option of picking up the phone or grabbing the car keys—they were more than separated from their loved-one; they were alone.
That evening I was reminded of the sobering truth that one day either Sonja or I would also be sitting at home alone. Unless, in the unlikely event we both left this world together, I was reminded that we only have a limited amount of days left together. Too few days to allow little things to separate us; too few days to not treasure every moment we have together.
I was also reminded to not forget the dearly loved family and friends that surround us everyday who are alone. Let’s not patronize them by trying to down play their loss but let’s do walk with them and love them and encourage them.
The ONE THING for today: Remember the vast difference between being separated and being alone and act accordingly—while you can.
And for those reading this that are alone…
You and I both know that even the best and closest of family and friends can only bring limited comfort. Ultimately, I must point you to the only One that can truly bring you the comfort and strength you need (see below). Run and keep running into His arms–He will not leave you nor let you down.
2 Corinthians 1:3 (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…