In January the Prime Minister appointed a “minister for loneliness.” Last December the chief nursing officer for the NHS warned of the dangers of the combination of cold weather and loneliness and encouraged that simple acts of companionship could make all the difference. If you are lonely or looking to make new friends you are always welcome to our Sunday meeting or you could try our friendly fortnightly Tuesday craft group from 2-4pm at church, no previous experience or skill is required.
Loneliness as well as being alone can also be about an attitude of mind. Sometimes all it takes for things to change is for a change of mind, accepting an invitation that has been received rather than ignoring it or putting it off.
There is a famous painting by William Holman Hunt called, “The Light of the World.” It depicts Jesus, with a lamp in one hand, standing at an overgrown and unopened door, knocking. There is no handle on the outside of the door and so he waits patiently for it to be opened to him. The picture relates to the wonderful invitation of Jesus found in Revelation 3 v 20: “Here I am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.” This is an invitation out of loneliness into a true and everlasting friendship with Jesus, the Son of God. He still holds out the invitation to any who will listen and change their minds about him, responding by opening up their lives to him to let him be their Saviour and Lord. Will you?