How to deal with loneliness during the quarantine

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Being separated from friends, loved ones and even co-workers for an extended amount of time can be both isolating and alienating. Human beings desire and thrive on human contact and relationships. So, for many, having to quarantine even for safety and health reasons can leave one feeling depressed and feeling alone.

If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, that does not exempt you from having to deal with such overwhelming feelings of sadness. However, take comfort in knowing that even in challenging times, the Lord’s promises are real; even in this current state of global pandemic as a result of the coronavirus, we can still feel connected to God our Father (consider Romans 8:35-39). These are hard times. This is precisely why it is paramount to remember the promises of God now more than ever.

If you are reading this, that means you are a survivor, and for this we are truly grateful and thankful. Sometimes when we grapple with things that appear bigger than the promises of God, we must let our default position be, to remember that God will never leave us or forsake us. He said this and He cannot lie. If you feel that others are pessimistic and not encouraging you, then do as the psalmist exhorted, “encourage yourself in the Lord.” Psalm 42:11 proclaims, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

No matter what, I choose to hold on to, I praise God and remember the old song, “every promise in the book is mine. Every chapter, every verse, every line.” We may be separated from each other for a season, but we are still connected to God. For this, let us truly give Him thanks!

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