Jeanette Berry, March 1993
Last night our daughter, Dianne
told me of a teenager whose mother kicked her out of the house the
other night. The girl went to stay with a friend. This
really upset me as I can not imagine such a situation and I went
to bed pondering the feelings of loneliness and rejection that the
girl must have felt. I am sure she must wonder if there is
anyone who REALLY cares about her.
When a friend of ours lost his
wife, he told Tom and I that one of the worst times he experienced
was going for days with no one to converse with---no one who
really cared. He found it devastating.
What about the divorcee, perhaps
along for the first time and feeling rejected by the one who had
vowed to love "till death do us part." What about the
runaway with no one to turn to and no place to call home.
Even a step close, What about the loneliness of a spouse in a
traditional marriage; one of those who statisticians tell us
died emotionally years before. They not only feel lonely,
rejected and unloved, but they also feel trapped in a
So, who does care for these aching
God cares! CHRIST IS THE
ANSWER has been blazoned across our minds for years and those of
us who have experienced His power KNOW that He is the answer to
"I will never leave you nor forsake
Come unto Me and I will give you rest..."
"My peace I give unto you..."
"Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you..."
"I will gather you unto Myself as a hen gathereth her chickens..."
These only touch the surface of the
promises in the Word of God that declare His loving care and
concern to those who hurt. Yet, most of us know it is not
enough to say to a runaway or some who is devastated by death or
divorce "Jesus cares" or "God cares." The words must be
backed up by action, ( ---our action on behalf of Him) if people
are to truly see Him as the answer to their loneliness.
God has allowed us as Christians to
act in His behalf. We are vessels, tools, voices that speak
for Him. We have hands that can help; mouths that can speak
words of love, acceptance and kindness; ears to listen and eyes to
express His love. We can open our homes permeated with
warmth and friendship. This one way God can demonstrate His
I work with deaf students.
Many times in trying to convey a difficult concept I will walk the
student through it, or talk him through something step by step.
In this same way we need to help others learn to lean on the Lord;
trust His promises; and look at life through His eyes. Then
they experience for themselves that God does indeed care.
I would like to add, it helps to
practice on your own family and close friends. Too often we
are tempted to see the needs of the world around us without
realizing the needs at our own door. Give those you love
undivided attention, a listening ear, eyes and words filled with
love, and hugs and kisses. Make sure they know you truly
care and that your love is real and unconditional.
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