A spiritual answer to loneliness

What does God have to do with the details of our daily lives, and particularly our human relationships? I asked myself this question, and at one point I thought, "I know God loves me, but why do I sometimes feel lonely?" When I said this to a friend of mine, she said, "Demonstrate it." Demonstrate God's love for man. She meant that I needed to prove He is Love by feeling and expressing His love.

"Easier said than done!" was my first reaction. Soon, however, I accepted the challenge. I knew that the truth of God and man as taught in Christian Science could be demonstrated. I had witnessed the healing effect of this practical Science time after time.

From past experience I had learned that trying to come up with solutions to my problems without prayer leads down a dead-end road. It is like trying to read a map in the dark; you end up taking a wrong turn or bumping into something. The only truly satisfying path is the way Christ Jesus showed us. It involves prayer—listening quietly for God's direction and following it. But taking that road, to borrow a phrase from the poet Robert Frost in "The Road Not Taken," makes "all the difference."

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Forgiveness and healing
February 10, 1986

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