Psalm 25:16-18 – “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish. Look upon my affliction and distress and take away my sins.”

We’re on the threshold of a series of holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years just to name a few.

May I venture to be so bold as to mention the season of loneliness? On the surface, each of our holidays are meant to be a time of lighthearted fun with family, friends and potential new friends. A time of celebrating and creating fond memories, which is as it should be.

These specific days mean different things to different people. I am not speaking about a religious belief or practice, but the enemy known as loneliness – which has a way of plaguing a person and robbing them of joyful pleasure in the simplicity of the season’s opportunity amongst those that care about them and the privilege of caring for others as well.

Have you ever been in a roomful of people, yet felt completely alone? There’s a big difference between being alone and being lonely.

We, here on Kodiak Island, are blessed to be in a community of caring and supportive folks. I implore you, if you’re battling loneliness or depression, fight back! Gain the victory, do something to help someone else, volunteer, find a group who’s trying to make it better for others.

Claim this Psalm 25 as your own. For example, verse one: “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul; Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.”

My friend, loneliness and depression are the enemies of the soul, do not let them gain a foothold. Look at the same Psalm 25 but verse 14, in the King James Version: “The Lord confides in those who fear Him: He makes His covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.”

Pangs of loss are real, memories of past hurt, disappointments, tragedies are something most of us have experienced or are currently dealing with. For those who haven’t there are many who would go to great lengths to protect you from that type of experience.

Have you heard this saying? “If you saw the size of the blessing coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you’re fighting.”

A note to us all from Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV) “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

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