A Hug A Day Keeps the Darkness At Bay

We live in a lonely age. Multiplied newspaper articles highlight this reality. Our community newspaper recently discussed the prevalence of depression and suicidal thoughts among teens and young adults. A major part of the proposed solution involves face-to-face support groups. And yet every young person I’ve ever seen is perpetually using a phone to connect with peers on Facebook, Instagram, etc. However, technological connection is part of the problem. We need face-to-face human contact.

Another article discussed research that showed that exposing children under the age of four or five to screen time with tablets, phones, etc. led to problems later in life. One might have naively thought that substituting sophisticated programs geared to kids would be a proper substitute for parental absence. But no, more so that anyone, young children need face-to-face time with parents and other children. Like all humans they need hugs and touch and chatter.

Given the communication marvels we take for granted, one might have thought that this period of history would be the ideal time for God to reveal Himself to the whole world. Not so. “But when the time was fully come, God sent his Son born of a woman” (Gal. 4:4). Jesus was born at just the right time. But that period was so low-tech!

God knows what we really need, both as humans and as sinners. To reveal Himself to mankind, He came in the flesh where we could see Him in person, touch Him, watch Him heal and listen to Him talk. It wasn’t enough for God to communicate third hand through angels or prophets. No! “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, …full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18). His disciples could see in His actions, His speech, and even on His face—grace and truth.

John later comments; “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:1-3).

Eternal life is found through connecting by faith on a personal level with Jesus. He was no phantom; no angel. He had flesh and blood like you and I. He died an agonizing death on the cross for our sins. By connecting with Him for salvation we then find ourselves adopted by God into His family. And in that family, we find fellowship with other believers in a local church.

It is not enough to be a successful business man, a scholar, or a whiz on the computer. All of us need personal connections with others. For that we need face-to-face time with friends and family—in the same space. We need to see them. We need to be able to touch them. We need to be able to listen to them and see the inflection of their faces. God created us to relate to one another, not to live our lives in isolation.

Please don’t continue living a lonely life. Join a local, Bible-believing church. Join a Bible study group. Develop friendships with others in the great family of God. And remember that even if other Christians disappoint, Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always.” We can always have a heart-to-heart talk with Jesus. And let those of us already connected through a local church, commit ourselves to banishing loneliness in those who come.

(Let me know your thoughts on this subject. Further articles, books, and stories at: http://www.countrywindow.ca Facebook: Eric E Wright Twitter:@EricEWright1 LinkedIn: Eric Wright ) 

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2 responses to “A Hug A Day Keeps the Darkness At Bay

  1. Stabe & Marg Hackenberry

    Hi Eric& Mary Helen, Just finished reading your excellent article-sorry I haven’t kept up contact with you both. It just seems that as we get older, it’s more difficult to maintain contact with ‘old friends’, especially as we try to stay in contact with our immediate family (including 13 grandchildren)! I know that we’ve all had health issues to contend with, but so thankful to the Lord that we will be celebrating our 58th wedding anniversary on 7/16!

    I am so glad that you were able to attend Jack’s funeral. I called Jack’s daughter Marion after we came home from attending our grandson’s wedding in Athens, Georgia on 5/27. I asked Marion if you had been able to attend & was so thrilled that you were able to do so!! I know Jack’s going home to be with the Lord Jesus, brought back many memories of Jack working with Gil Duncan in starting the Bible study in my parents’ home. It was in that Bible study on the book of John where the Lord saved me! Must close for now-so thankful to the Lord that He continues to use the wondeful gift of writing He has given to you to encourage others in their Christian walk or in coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ! Warmly in Christ, Stabe & Marg

    On Thu, Jun 14, 2018, 1:30 PM Country Inspiration wrote:

    > Eric E. Wright posted: “We live in a lonely age. Multiplied newspaper > articles highlight this reality. Our community newspaper recently discussed > the prevalence of depression and suicidal thoughts among teens and young > adults. A major part of the proposed solution involves face-” >

    • Hi Marg and Stabe. Thanks for the kind comments. I try to keep active on Facebook and on my blog. Not having a pulpit for this aging preacher moves me to try and put some positive and biblical content on the Internet.

      Yes, we were glad we could attend Jack’s memorial service. The Bible study in your home was such a pivotal event in my life. After professing faith during the Billy Graham crusade, I’m sure I would have fallen by the wayside if Jack hadn’t seen my card on Rev. East’s desk and invited me to your bible study. I’m sure it was there under your family’s Christian love and Bible study with Gil Dunkin that my conversion was solidified and I was discipled. Then Jack prayed for us down through the years. I’m so grateful for your family, including your mom. She was a good friend to my mother. Of course as we later learn through the Scriptures, God’s providence and sovereign care is what kept me…but you’all were instruments. Thank you!

      As you say, it is very hard to keep track of people through the years. I find Facebook, in spite of how people discredit it, helps a lot in that regard.

      Our love to you. Eric and Mary Helen

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