↓ The Lonely Ones! ↓
This is a beach where one could be all alone. Two preachers and I were here and as far as we could see up and down this sandy beach no one was sharing it with us!
This post is about a man that did not want to be alone.
“He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!” Jesus is telling the story of “The Prodigal Son”. Luke 15:16-17 (my underline)
Food is not the issue here, it’s loneliness! Not one person was willing to meet his need. Friends were plenty when the money was flowing but when that was gone they left him! Later they saw him hungry and “…no one gave him anything”
I am currently re-reading Henri J. M. Nouwen book titled; The Return of the Prodigal Son. In it he penned this line:
“Real loneliness comes when we have lost all sense of having things in common”.
Having things in common with others serves as connecting links in building relationships. By my very nature I’m prone to give advice and answers. Perhaps I should examine how to weave a connecting thread to the person who stands before me. Maybe I should dwell more on the commonality between myself and those I wish to connect with. Quite possibly I differ in so many ways that there is a chance I could learn some things from this person.
This lonely prodigal son standing in the pig-pen had no one to hand him food to eat. Real friendships are not held together by superficial means, the thread is connection! The Prodigal had deserted his father and now the far country had deserted him. But he had one slim connection left. Maybe he could go back?
The registry of the lonely in our world is filled with names! People all around us are seeking caring relationships with others. Many people are craving for a connection with someone. Could I/we be the thread that connects these lonely ones into a network of friends?
The Prodigal’s connecting thread, though slim at best, was the common bond of his families’ history. It brought him home to a great feast and acceptance. Common threads that weave people together build strong relationships. What are we prepared to do and when?
Lord, I pray that we are mindful of those that are lonely. Help us to exhibit the father’s love that set his feet running to embrace his returning son.
Welcome to the richer side of life.