Being single is not alone.
Whether by choice, or force,
or no other option,
times of solitude aren’t isolated.
We all have – in fact, need –
times in our lives
where solo is “what is” –
chances to reinvent,
or reverse what’s wrong,
re-fill our “giving well”.
But restoration never happens
when we buy the lie of isolation:
no one else is there.
Not only is God ever with us,
but other hearts are eternally intertwined
with ours, with laces of love,
or horror, or sweetness
or penetrating pain
that never goes away.
We were created connected
with the right to choose
who we let in our sanctuary,
and sometimes it seems only loneliness
will be our soul-mate for life.
And yet lonely isn’t alone.
God said, “I will never leave you”
and always partners us with people
who understand that separation
can be a place of healing or hell.
We are the only ones who decide
where we visit, hide, or abide.
God, help us reach out of our pain,
or at least stand in the open door.