by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
John 14:27

Friends, if you have your Bibles turn with me to John
14:27. Our subject is "The Cure for Devastating
Loneliness." Recently I was in an Evangelistic
Campaign in Jacksonville, Florida. I had a friend
there with whom I went to school. I met him while in
seminary. He is a dear man of God, a servant of the
Lord, a preacher now retired, having some difficulty
physically with an arthritic condition. He attended
the meeting the first night and came forward, spoke to
me and said he would like to have a meal with me. So
we met for breakfast and talked about the wonderful
things God had done for us over the years. It was good
to see my friend again and know how God had led in his
life. It was a wonderful time, but there was a sense
of sadness about him and he told me he had lost his
wife, as she went to be with the Lord just a few
months ago. Upon returning home I received this

"Dear Brother Jess, It was a real joy to see you and
hear you preach again. I attended all five week
nights. It was a tremendous meeting. Surely God's
Spirit was there in every service. Thanks for the
breakfast, and even more for the fellowship. Remember
me to your good lady. She is a marvelous helpmate, a
great Christian." And then he said this: "I didn't
know that a person could be so terribly lonely. Best
of all to you too, I am cordially yours," and he
signed his name.

Standing out of that letter that touches your heart is
this sentence: "I didn't know that a person could be
so terribly lonely." Well, it's something else to lose
a loved one. In the study of stress the other day,
some people who scientifically had studied stress,
said that one of the chief things is the death of a
spouse. The death of a husband or a wife, that you
love and have lived with over the years. Suddenly they
have been taken away from you and, in the words of my
buddy, ...

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