Today was a historical day to remember a great man and celebrate his life that demonstrated to us all what it means to be an American. The unity and love were long overdue. As a country, we needed it. Yet, I couldn’t help but to think of all those who fear death and the thought of being alone when they also get to the end of their lives.
For all the well-deserved honor bestowed today, there are many who, by the time they reach the age of passing on, feel very alone and wonder if anyone will visit their funeral. Most of their families are gone, they are no longer in the workforce, their kids all have lives of their own, and they are left staring at a television all day, or just sitting alone while looking out a window. I’m sure for them, even though inspirational, watching the services could have also brought out a sense of loneliness and, possibly, feelings of failure.
I know for me, in a small way, it made me think of my humanity and whether anyone will care when that day comes. I thought about my own life’s significance and whether I’m making an impact. I thought of how quickly life passes when they shared memories of events that still seemed like yesterday. I also thought about how the service was such a great example of giving honor, not only to a man, but to friends, to family, and to God.
Throughout the rest of the day, my heart has been churning about a number of important things, but the one that stands out, was the sense that, while we are all accountable for our own decisions, we’re never alone; not because we’re surrounded by others, but because we have an ever-present, all-knowing, all-loving Father and Savior.
When I lived my life without Jesus, those feelings of loneliness would overwhelm me. Today, after living with His presence in my heart, and even when I’ve walked away from Him, He was, and is, always there. That, in my opinion, is one of the most important things of having Jesus in our lives. The world can take everything from us, or we could go into the world and give it all away, but in the end, He'll still be with us loving, holding us up, listening, caring, covering us, and guiding us. Truly, we are never alone.
In the middle of those thoughts today, it was as if that still, small voice spoke to my heart saying, ‘Brad, I love you. You’re never alone. Even though others may not see, I see. I’m all you need and will be with you always. When you pass on, you will be with me. Trust in me and I will keep you through to the end.’ It was as though all the fears, pain, doubts, and loneliness evaporated in my heart and mind.
If you’re feeling alone today, or perhaps the services brought some of your own feelings of mortality to the surface like me, take those words the Lord spoke to my heart for yourself. We’re all in this boat together and He loves us all the same. When we believe, He will be there. Even in the darkest moments when our faith is gone, He will be there.
We are never alone; not in this life, or the life to come. In that, take heart and know you are loved. Even if everything around you is falling apart, He will be with you. It may not seem like it now, but one day, you’ll look back and see His loving hand there lifting you up, holding you in His arms, and guiding you every step of the way…
Love always my friend,
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