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The Long Loneliness

on December 4, 2014
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Last week I spoke to a friend who is a long time bachelorette. She lives alone, far away from most of her family who live in Toronto. Last week began, for her, what is becoming, more and more, a long season of sorrow over being single.

I listened.

Eventually I told my own story of sorrow, of letting go of the hope that my prince was coming soon. I told her that I lament this loss, but even in lament I rejoice because I know for certain that God is faithful and because God has been so astoundingly good to me.

She replied, “That’s not for me today.”

So I loved her by letting her talk and feel.

I loved her by listening and sharing her sorrow.

He was despised and rejected. A man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.                                                                                                                             ~Isaiah 53:3

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One response to “The Long Loneliness

  1. Carole Brown says:

    My heart hurts when I read this post. I guess I emphathize way too much. Hugs to all who are feeling that sorrow this year!

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