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We Never Walk Alone

By Don Loftis | 04.25.18

There is a Wisconsin city named Imalone.  No one knows for sure how it received this unusual name.  Possibly the founder had no close friends or moved there to escape problems elsewhere.  One theory suggests that a delivery man asked if anyone in the store knew the name of the little town, so he could put it on the invoice, and the clerk simply said, “I’m a lone.”


The reality is that many people in 2018 are alone.   Their loneliness may stem from the death of a close family member or an introverted personality that keeps them from initiating relationships.  They may be the victims of a crime, abuse, or rejection. In the midst of a big city or a crowded mall, they still feel alone.


As Christians, we receive the promise that the Lord will always be with us.  At the close of the Great Commission, Jesus said, “And I will be with you to the end of the age.”  The Hebrew writer built on the Old Testament promise of God by affirming, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”  The Lord sees our needs, feels our pain, and reassures us that we never are alone.


Additionally, the Lord’s plan was to surround His people with a new family of fellow believers.  The fellowship afforded by the church provides people to talk to as well as a source of advice.  They can help meet physical and emotional needs.  Because the church is universal, this family is there even if we move or become ill while on vacation.  The child of God should never list his address as Imalone.


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