Feeling lonely?

I remember the first time I sat down at a table across from Kim.
Her husband, Bill, was interviewing for the position of senior pastor at my church, and I was on the pastoral search committee. More than a handful of us had convened around a large conference table in a hotel in Reno.
Kim, with striking light gray hair that spikes straight up and eyes that say “welcome,” looked at me and smiled.
And God whispered in my heart, “Here is your new friend.”
I had to take a deep breath and force back tears.
That was some way to influence a decision about hiring a pastor!
But it proved true and more than ten years later we are dear friends with much in common who meet for an hour’s walk of “therapy” weekly, share prayer requests via texting, and “do life together.”
Everyone needs a Kim . . . or a Jonathan.
Jonathan defended his dear friend David to the king, Saul, also Jonathan’s father. At some point Jonathan made the decision to protect and help David, over Saul’s objections and threats.
In these days when you can have five thousand “friends” on Facebook, isn’t it a bit crazy that one survey found that one in three adults over the age of 45 say they are lonely.
Perhaps you are one of those “ones.” However, perhaps you could make someone’s day today by suggesting the two of you meet for coffee or go for a therapy walk. And perhaps God will say, “Here is your new friend.”
Janet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event. For more info, just click here: https://www.janetmchenry.com
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