A reflection on loneliness
Reflections for the day
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …
Prayer is an end to isolation. It is living our daily life with someone; with him who alone can deliver us from solitude.
A reflection on loneliness
Our Heavenly Father,
We are able to see that those who are elderly feel isolated much of the time. We are able to see that for some of those who are elderly the feeling of being needed is no longer there. We are able to see that for some of our elderly the feelings of loneliness can be contributed to poor rural transport and we are able to see that for some of our elderly the fear of going out in the evening can be contributed in much the same way. We are able to see that poor health has an impact upon our elderly and because of poor health they are unable to go out and socialise.
Heavenly Father, there are many provisions in place to support the elderly and we are able to see that for some of our elderly the knowledge that there are provisions for them is one that they are not aware. Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to you in prayer the campaign by Esther Rantzen and we ask thou to bless the work of this campaign, a campaign called “Silver Line”, and we ask thou is able to place opportunities before many to enable the elderly to be befriended and to enable the elderly to seek out services that already exist.
Heavenly Father, we are able to see that there are many others who feel isolated for much of the time and these others are the homeless, the disabled and those who have learning difficulties. Heavenly Father, we acknowledge thou desire to see all peoples and all things made whole and able to become all that thou desire them to be. We acknowledge that we need to have a right relationship with thou and a right relationship with Mankind. We acknowledge that these right relationships must be ones that are expressed in love and care for one another. We acknowledge that the Scriptures teach us to be more caring to others and to commit ourselves to others no matter what is their response. We acknowledge that there needs to be particular concerns for those who have in any way been marginalised or excluded from thou tender loving care in the past.
Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask Mankind to reflect carefully upon the care of the elderly. Much has been said in the media about the care of the elderly and some of what has been said has been described as a lack of care of the elderly. Heavenly Father, we hope and pray that Mankind will have more compassion for the elderly and we ask thou to place opportunities before many so that the elderly can be nurtured.
Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that our love for thou fills our hearts, mind, soul and strength. We acknowledge that thou love is encompassing and we acknowledge that there are no words to describe thou love for us, and we acknowledge thou love is not bound by time or energy. Heavenly Father, this love that thou has for us enables us to love thy neighbour. Heavenly Father, we desire all Mankind to turn to thou and to experience the love thou have for us, and we desire all Mankind to love thy neighbour, now and always.
Posted on March 16, 2012, in loneliness, putting others first, The needs of our family and tagged disabled, Esther Rantzen, God, homeless, learning difficulties, loneliness, love, prayer, religion, Silver Line, The elderly. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.