by Fred Lowery

SF1024 P.M.

MARCH 14, 1993



Alexandria Gongarcho's parents were here last Sunday, and Alexandria's birthday was Tuesday and went over and celebrated his birthday party. And I spent some time talking with the Goncharvo's about Russia, about the U train and about all the problems that goes on in that country. And Alexandria's dad said to me, we don't know what is going to happen in Russia. We do not think that it will be good. We think it is going to be Civil War and that anytime all communication could be cut off from Russia to this country. And he said to me will you look after my kids if that happens and of course, I said we will do everything we can to look after your kids. But I thought about that, what that would be like to be in a country like Russia and have your kids in the United States and all lines of communication cut off and your country in Civil War. I am not sure than loneliness than the feeling of absolute separation or alienation, to be cut off, to be forsaken, to be rejected, to be abandoned. I am not sure there is a greater struggle than the human site than the struggle of loneliness. And everyone of us in one way or the other has felt the pain ofloneliness. Divorcee, widow, a child who feels unloved, the empty mailbox, the long days, the longer nights, the silent phone, loneliness. It is a gasp from the inner soul. It is a moan in the minor key. Loneliness. In this next saying of our Lord on the cross this fourth saying it is a cry of total loneliness, total abandonment. You read about it in Matthew Chapter 27. Beginning with verse 45. From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came out over all the land Jesus cried out in a loud voice, Ela, Elo, Amna, Sabokome, which means my God, my God why have you forsaken me. My God My God, why have you forsaken me. That is the most extraordinary event in all of history. When all of a sudden midnight comes at noon day. It was ni ...

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