What Are We Lonely For?

Jeff Munroe

Read: Psalm 137:1-6 By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. (v. 1) Writer and pastor Frederick Buechner says, “To be lonely is to be aware of an emptiness which it takes more than people to fill” (Whistling in the Dark, p. 83). He is pointing toward our inner longings and subconscious yearnings …

Alone and Together

Jeff Munroe

Read: John 13:31-35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (v. 35) In his classic book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes: “Let him who cannot be alone beware of community. Let him who is not in community beware of being alone” (p. 78). Bonhoeffer is saying there is a …

Elijah’s Loneliness

Jeff Munroe

Read: 1 Kings 19:1-18 I, even I only, am left. (v. 10) It’s a safe bet that Elijah wasn’t just feeling alone but was feeling downright lonely when he hid for a night in a cave on Mount Horeb. He had defeated the prophets of Baal in one of the most memorable showdowns ever, and instead of being celebrated, he …

Jesus Sees

Jeff Munroe

Read: Luke 7:36-50 Do you see this woman? (v. 44) Jesus had many encounters with people who were profoundly alone. The woman who washed his feet with her tears, as recorded in Luke 7, is such a person. The Bible doesn’t say what sort of sin she had committed, but she was identified as a sinner. To himself Simon the …

Not a Place to Dwell

Jeff Munroe

Read: John 5:1-9 Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. (v. 7) Imagine being stuck for 38 years! It’s inconceivable. Thirty-eight years is a looong time. Thirty-eight years ago Jimmy Carter was president, no one had heard of Google, Apple, or Microsoft, and cutting-edge technology for telephones meant push buttons …