When on a visit, have you ever discovered that you were very special to someone or has someone been very special to you?
A couple of years ago on a visit, my cousin and I reconnected after years apart. Yet on the 2nd September, I sat in a church with tears running down my face. I wished I wasn’t there. I wanted more time with my special friend but here we were saying goodbye.
There would never be another visit. No more time to sit and talk and get to know each other better. In the weeks since her death, each time I passed the Coffee Shop where we used to meet, I had felt a sadness because there would be no more chances to encourage each other.
What I never understood was why this very clever, accomplished woman considered me to be a very special friend. That is until her husband told me that despite all that she was, she had been very lonely. I had taken the trouble to actually visit with her, and this had somehow brought things together for her.
Paul exhorts us in Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
I think that one of the reasons for this is that he understood loneliness. He realized that if people are isolated, they are in great danger of losing hope.
Why should we stay connected human to human?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
I am reminded that God considered each and every one of us to be so special that He sent His Only Son to visit us in our fallen world. Not only that, but He sent His Holy Spirit to continue to help us. He helps every day, no matter where we are or what difficulties we face.
Who in your circle of family and friends might benefit from a visit? Will you go?