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Joan Wattam, C.S.
Feeling lonely can take many forms. Joan likens it to a black umbrella where each spoke suggests a type of loneliness: feeling bleak, feeling down or depressed, feeling rejected, bereaved, or afraid, and so on. She says, “We’re going to change that black umbrella with its false feeling sense of things for a glorious orange umbrella where each spoke represents the lovely attributes of God that we naturally express.” These remind us of our inseparability from God, the divine Mind. Joan speaks specifically about Ps. 139 and its promise that God will be with us, no matter where we are, and stresses the importance of waking up to His love.
Site visitors pose a variety of questions. They include: how to deal with family divisions, loneliness after the passing of a loved one or a pet, childhood influences, being separated from family during the holidays, the challenge of the “empty nest,” a longing for romantic companionship. Joan offers ideas and examples from her own experience to help chat attendees see that they can never be separated from God’s love.