Not Alone

Have you ever felt lonely? Has that loneliness crept so deeply into your soul that it seems no one will ever be able to draw you out again? When I was at my very lowest, someone came into my life,  quite unexpectedly, who helped me regain my footing.

I believe that there is someone for everyone…a remedy for the soul whenever we need it. I also believe that it often comes when we least expect it. Sometimes we look in all the wrong places. Sometimes we don’t look at all. Still other times we are too filled with anger or sorrow to care. Too often, we fail to see what is right before us.

I am an only child. That loneliness has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. At times, it was worse. But, as I have gotten older, I have been able to look back and see God’s hand at work in my life. Of course, at certain times, I couldn’t see where anything was leading me…but had I not met certain people, or taken particular paths, something else would not have happened later in my life. Now it is possible for me to look back and see a string of events that have gradually led me to the place I am today.

I have found myself praying more, often having a simple conversation with God, thanking Him for watching over me, and asking for Him for guidance in the future. Through the many “connections” I’ve recognized, I have grown. I have been amazed at the intricate patterns He has woven. I do still get lonely now and then. But I know I have a Friend to whom I can talk about anything, a Friend who will be there for me, no matter what I do or say. He comforts me, and I know He guides my steps. I believe He has a plan for me. I don’t think He’s finished with me yet. While I am unable to see the road ahead, I know He is walking it with me. I hope the journey will be for many more miles…and I am confident that I will always have a Companion who will remain by my side – forever.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.