The Age of Loneliness
We have been called ‘The Age of Loneliness’. That people are increasingly feeling more and more lonely. Whereas in 1980 scholars estimated that about 20% of people felt lonely at any one time, 2 nationally represented surveys in 2013 discovered that the number now days is 40% of people at any one time. Add to that that if you suffer from severe loneliness you are 45% more likely to die earlier (compare that to excessive drinking 30%, obesity 20%, bad air pollution 5%). We are more connected than ever before and yet more lonely than ever before.
And then, 2020 hit.
In a country which values so highly individualism – the truth of one of the first words God spoke, ‘it is not good for man to be alone’ has been felt all the stronger. With the coming of Christmas, many will experience a heightened sense of loneliness, of loved ones lost, of relationships broken, of family far away. Yet in Christmas, we also get the answer. We get hope. We get something, someone who meets us in our loneliness. A God who does not remain distant but draws near. God with us. Immanuel.
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