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Lonely in a Crowd

Sometimes you feel loneliest when in a crowd of people.  Hopefully you are surrounded by loved ones this holiday but I know that sometimes even in the midst of others you can feel this ache of total aloneness.

Do you feel that way? I know that I have.  I do.

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But recently I have been clinging to two verses.

Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you. “Do not fear; I will help you.”

These last few months I have needed to cling to God in a new special way.  I have needed to remember that even when I feel alone that God is holding my hand.

When I had my C-section with my son, they didn’t allow Matthew in the room until after they had put the spinal tap in.  When they were putting the spinal tap in I grabbed my nurse’s hand, I wanted comfort.  It is natural to want to hold someone’s hand when you need comfort.

I have wanted to know I am not alone.  That how I feel isn’t real, the aloneness.  And so I read Isaiah 41:13 and remember that God is holding my hand.

God is holding your hand.  He says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”  No matter how you feel, you can repeat the truth to yourself that God is holding your hand.

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Matthew 1:23 is the other verse I have been holding on to.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which means, “God with us.”

In the Old Testament God has them build a sanctuary so that He can dwell among them (Exodus 25:8).  In the New Testament Jesus comes and His name is Emmanuel, which means, “God with us.”  Both Old and New Testament He is always wanting to dwell with us.  To be with us.

When you feel alone remember Emmanuel.  God with us.  God is with you.

I don’t know if you are feeling alone today.  But if you are, read these verses and remember the truth that is in them.  I don’t always feel the truth in these verses, but I hold on to the truth there.  I pray you will too.  You are loved and you are not alone.

You are not alone. Emmanuel is holding your hand.

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