by Jeff Schreve

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Lonely People (3 of 8)
Series: God's Message in Your Emotions
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Luke 6:27-31, 38

When I was 10 years old, my parents separated. My dad moved out, got an apartment, and they were separated for a while. And then my dad got transferred, and he moved from California where we lived and he moved to Houston, Texas. My parents were separated for 2 ½ years, and that was not what my mom wanted at all. And she was just crushed. And she cried a lot. And as a 10 year old boy, I didn't really understand all that stuff. Now I knew that my mom was really, really sad. And I still remember being in the car with her, and in 1972 a song was very popular on the radio, it was the Gilbert O'Sullivan song, "Alone Again Naturally." And I can remember her singing that song and tears were just streaming down her face. There's a part of that song that talks about God, and it said, "If God really does exist, then why did He desert me in my hour of need. I truly am indeed alone again naturally." That's a terrible song. I mean, it's a pass-the-razorblade; let's-slash-our-wrist kind of song, just an awful song, but it was popular on the radio. And she felt so alone and so lonely. I remember her telling me, "Jeff, I am so afraid of growing old all alone."

We're in a series called "God's Message in Your Emotions." We're tracing emotional pain to victorious living. And today, we want to talk about that terrible, horrible, painful emotion called loneliness.

Did you know that our world is filled with lonely people? Did you know in our audience today there are many, many, many lonely people? I had people e-mail this week and said, "Jeff, you're….I hear you're going to talk about loneliness, and I am so lonely." The world is just filled with lonely people.

Paul Tournier, the Swiss psychiatrist Christian, who died a few decades ago, said that loneliness is the malady of our age. Mother Teresa said that loneliness is the leprosy of the west. She said it is the most te ...

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