Love and Loneliness
This sequence of posts have been inspired by Ravi Zacharias and his talk "The Inner Ache of Loneliness". These can be downloaded:
I personally feel lonely at times: it is hard not have a companion whom you can share life's burdens, joys and struggles with, someone to love, and to be loved back in kind. I feel isolated: living a life the liberty which I hold dearly to is attacked by those who benefit from it, those who should know better don't and few who share my concern. I feel undervalued: I am ambitious, a young man looking for the next challenge, undervalued by one man albeit overvalued by another.
As these feelings sweep over me, I thank God for the rock that he is in my life. The following hymn is one of my favourites: its wording is stirring and raw, the accompanying music brings tears to my eyes...
Hide me now my refuge be;
Let the water and the blood,
From your wounded side which flowed,
Be for sin the double cure;
Save me from its guilt and power.
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill your law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
You must save, and You alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to your cross I cling;
Naked, come to you for dress;
Helpless look to you for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyelids close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
Stand before the judgment throne,
Hide me then, my refuge be,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me.
As I get time, I will summarise my thoughts on the topic of love and loneliness, guided by Ravi Zacharias.