For Every Single One of Us

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For Every Single One of Us

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.


About the Author:

I never have found a box that fits me, so I follow Jesus into the wild. My husband, Bud, and I are two life-long hippies, parents of four grown children, and live in Bartlett, TN, with six cats, two dogs, and no TV. We are voracious readers and have loaded bookshelves in every room in the house except the kitchen and bathrooms. As a wordsmith, I write in long-hand everyday and use a computer by necessity. I am part of an eclectic group of Jesus-followers called Outlaw Preachers and have a passion for prison ministry. I am also an advocate for middle-aged and senior women, and anyone who suffers from depression. My musical tastes include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joni Mitchell, old scratchy-record blues, and the great classical sacred choral works. One other thing: dark chocolate and garlic are major food groups, but not together.

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