By: Dan Seale
How are loneliness, the movie Solo, motherhood and community groups connected?
Before I make that connection, let me ask you…
Do you ever feel lonely?
When do you feel lonely?
Why do you feel lonely?
Surprisingly to me, I can sometimes feel lonely in crowds, or in busy seasons of life. It seems to pop up at unexpected times. It’s important to distinguish between loneliness and aloneness. They sometimes overlap but they are not the same thing. Even though I am blessed with good friends, a close family, and a great church family, I still have times of loneliness.
In Finding God in my Loneliness, Lydia Brownback writes,
This summer Sean Scott blogged about loneliness and linked to a very helpful article about this topic. (Read it here)
However, I want us to keep talking about this topic because I think it is a great entry way into talking Gospel conversations with one another and with those who do not yet know and follow Jesus. Loneliness is all around us. Something seems off for people, and underneath all the possible solutions is the need to recognize that our loneliness is calling us to God and that God redeems our loneliness. Pick up Finding God in my Loneliness if you want to see how God speaks into various causes/circumstances of loneliness.
Now what’s the connection between loneliness, Solo, motherhood and community groups?
Loneliness is a growing destructive epidemic and provides a great opportunity for us to direct ourselves and others to God who came near to us in Jesus.
Pastor Sam Allberry writes about how the movie Solo reveals that the answer to our aloneness is not necessarily romantic partnerships but deep friendship. Chewie was in Han’s life far longer than Leia. The movie shows the beauty of friendship. Read his thoughts here.
Melissa Kreuger writes about the loneliness of motherhood, the beauty of friendship and the goodness of God in this article. This shows how friendship can help us connect to God and one another more intimately.
Lastly, community groups provide a set time and space in your schedule to share life with other people. We need to make space to find and build the kind of friendships that help us enjoy and pursue God. If you are feeling disconnected or lonely, consider getting involved as we relaunch community groups in October.
God and the gift of friendship, with him and with others, are the medicine to our bouts of loneliness. Fight to push towards God and believe and act on what is true. If you are His, you are never alone.