by James Merritt

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All By Myself: The Fear of Loneliness (2 of 6)
Series: Fear Factor
James Merritt
2 Timothy 4: 9 - 21


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2. Last week we introduced a series of messages that I am calling - fear factor. I am dealing with fears that are common to all of us that many of us will face at some time in our life. Today, I am dealing with the fear of loneliness. If you have ever been lonely or felt lonely, you know it is one of the most terrible feelings in the world. Celine Dion re-did a classic song a few years ago entitled, ''All By Myself''. The lyrics themselves are haunting. Here is just a part of it.

Livin' alone
I think of all the friends I've known
When I dial the telephone
Nobody's home

All by myself
Don't wanna be
All by myself

3.We are becoming an increasingly lonely society. Since 1957, the percent of Americans who admit to ''feeling lonely'' according to an Easterbrook Survey has quadrupled.

4.Neither fame nor fortune are walls high enough, to keep out the ghosts of loneliness. The king of rock-n-roll, Elvis Presley, sang a famous song, ''Are you lonesome tonight?'' and apparently he was. Just before he died, he wrote on a note these words, ''I feel so alone sometimes. The night is quiet for me. I'd love to be able to sleep. I'll probably not rest. I have no need for all this. Help me Lord.''

5.Twenty-two percent of all Americans ate dinner alone last night. A Gallup poll recently stated that 3 out of 10 Americans are lonely. The novelist, Thomas Wolfe, once said, ''The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, particular to myself and a few other solitary men is the central and inevitable fact of human existence. We all experience loneliness at one time or another.''

6.A study by the American Council of Life Insurance reported that the loneliest group in America are college students. I can relate to that, becaus ...

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