What do you guys think about loneliness?
Do you struggle with it?
Is it normal?

I once heard someone say, the more you fall in love with the Lord, the more your soul will drift toward loneliness because it understands more clearly how we are so not made for this world.

For me, there's this fine line between being too dependent on people for happiness, entertainment, etc and a feeling of just completely drawing myself away from people and becoming far too independent and even reclusive.

Lord, teach me more about community.


Liz.EJ.Lizzard.Elizabeth. said...

yes! I have found struggling with loneliness is normal, but the best way to get out of it is to be other-focused. I have to start by thinking and praying for others, which is such a hard step to take...
I like your response, "Lord teach me about community" :)

Christie said...

I think "struggling with loneliness" would describe my state of mind for the past month. I don't want to place my hope in others, yet I thrive when I'm around them, but then I feel my focus shifting from the Lord towards myself, yet I also find I grow more in discussion with others so sometimes it's a catch 22 for me.

briansBAblog said...

I don't think I agree with that 'love the Lord-drift towards loneliness' comment...I guess I've always assumed/hoped in the opposite.

Is it normal? I'd assume everyone gets lonely. I don't think we can control that, but we can control what we do afterwards - i.e. do we dwell on it? despair? idolize relationships? or in the positive: do we continue to seek God even when it hurts?

hang in there!!