Reflections

From the office Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate
11/25/2018 5:00:00 PM
   
Nov. 24 - 25, 2018

"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.'" - Genesis 2:18

Loneliness kills. Literally. People with poor social connection are more likely candidates for heart disease, cancer, and a host of other ailments. Loneliness is as likely to lead to an early death as high blood pressure, lack of exercise, or smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We are created for relationship, and it is not good for us to be alone. But this year the insurer Cigna released a study revealing that loneliness has reached epidemic proportions in America. 46% of us are sometimes or always lonely. Those around us are bone of our bones and flesh of our flesh. We are made of the same stuff, created as partners and helpers for one another. And yet we are suffering. It is not good. The research about loneliness says that poor social connection is a vicious cycle. Being lonely makes us less able and less likely to reach out. So if you're part of that 54% percent that feels well-connected, it's up to you. Reach out. Especially during this holiday season. Treat that lonely one as if they were pulled like a rib from your own body, as if you were formed from the same earth, and breathed on by the same spirit. Because you were.

Prayer: O God, you see our loneliness and take action. Move me in your image.

Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate (Ret.)

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