PASTOR'S PEN: Does anybody care?

Written on 9-15-15

It seems like no one is there.

It seems like nobody cares.

It seems like you are all alone struggling through life

You think you need a miracle

You think you need your world turned around

When all you truly need is someone to say,

"Don't worry, it'll all be ok"

Stand by me when I'm lonely

Be with me when I'm scared

Tell me someone loves me

When it seems nobody cares. 

Perhaps, like this poem describes, you've been in a place where it seems that nobody is there for you. You wish someone would recognize it, but everyday life takes everyone else here and there and you're left standing silently on the side of the road crying out for help. Be certain today that you are not alone in this plight. I've heard those same words or similar ones from teens, parents, widows, those who have gone through a tragedy, those who have a sordid past and those who fear the future. So what are we to do?

First, trust God. If you know Christ and are His follower then God is your Father. Psalm 68 tells us that God is "a father to the fatherless ... God sets the lonely in families ... Praise be to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens ... Our God is a God who saves ..." When you read through those verses in Psalm 68, it breeds a certainty that God cares for you and a foundational hope for a better tomorrow. We need to learn to trust God.

Secondly, trust Godly friendships. I know of many that say, "The church is full of hypocrites." I guess it would be since it's full of sinners, but the ones serving God wholeheartedly — and those can be quickly picked out — truly care about you. James 5 talks about one who has "become weak or weary." This person may be physically sick, but is more so spiritually weak. If you feel weak and weary, James says, "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed." We need godly friends we can talk to about our weaknesses. We need that circle of prayer around us to keep us strong. There are those godly people in a church near you. Don't be afraid to seek them out. They look forward to praying with you.

Lastly, be trustworthy yourself. Be one who looks for those who are hurting and goes to them. Give a trustworthy ear, one that doesn't gossip about their struggles nor puts them down for having them. Be one who prays with them and stands by them, going through them together. Romans 12 says that you and I are to, "... weep with those who weep ... Do not be haughty , but associate with the lowly." Don't be so proud as to think you can't bend down to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. You have surely been there before and will certainly be again some day. The fact is that the more you help others, the more you will be lifted up.

So if you feel alone today, know that you are not. God is there and He has put godly people nearby to stand by you. He has also put others around you that you can help out. I'll be praying for all of you who are hurting and struggling today. May the God of all grace and comfort, comfort you now in your time of trouble. Amen. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)