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Combatting Loneliness

Vern and Bee were left alone this morning. All by themselves with hours of solitude facing them before their caregivers make their appearance. Both dogs knew something was about to happen as they watched the suitcases skate across the floor and out into the vehicles. But when the door slammed closed, the reality of the situation became crystal clear.

How often do we feel the impact of being left behind? When my daughter was four, she was unintentionally left behind at a time share. With the number of people going to a restaurant, my husband and I assumed our daughter was in the other car. When we finally made it back to her, she was visibly shaken. When asked what she thought, she shared that she had formulated a plan for the rest of her life that excluded us.

At one time or another, we all have been left behind for some reason or another. We have felt the isolation and insecurity that comes with the solitude of being left alone. And when these times come again, and they will, how can we face them with a growing spirit?

God has never wanted us to feel alone. He created us to have a relationship with him and others. But knowing we would sin and separate ourselves from others, he not only allowed his Son to die for our sins, but also provided us with the Holy Spirit to abide within us, so we wouldn’t be alone.

“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians 1:13)

The Holy Spirit lives within us and is a counselor, advocate, friend and so much more. But when I find myself alone, even in a large crowd, I know that I have a living spirit that lives within me that I know is there for me, at the times I need a friend the most.

As for Bee and Vern, they will be fine until their caregivers arrive. And until then, they have each other to lean up against in their comfortable home and backyard.

Published by Cora Darrah

Hello. My name is Cora. I live in Durham, North Carolina with my husband and two French Bulldogs, Vern and Bee. For thirty-two years, I taught children with unique needs. When I was eligible for retirement, I decided it was time to explore life from a different perspective. So with pen and paper, I have taken up blogging about two of the most extraordinary pets I know. More important than my pooches, is my relationship with God. I love God! He has blessed me with the gift of writing and I want to share what he is teaching me as I look through the eyes of four legged friends. So if you would like to experience how God works in all his creatures, join us on our adventure! When I first started blogging, my Frenchie, Carl inspired me through his crazy antics. But as life has it, Carl had to leave this world at the tender age of four. After a period of mourning for my little guy, I brought Vern home where he has ruled the roost. Oh, did I mention Bee, the Frenchie with a girl attitude and enough spunk to keep Vern in line. Come along beside us as we dive into God’s word and learn morsels of the treasures that only the scriptures can teach us. Vern and Bee would love to get to know you as well, so please feel free to follow us and share your comments….

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