Do You Ever Feel Lonely?

“Each one helps the other, saying to one another, ‘Take courage!’”  – Isaiah 41:6

Do you ever feel lonely?
On our summer weekly “Walk with the Pastor” last night, a young man shared with me that a year ago he had been feeling very much alone in this world. His mom had died and some health problems had kept him home and he began to wonder how on earth he could feel so lonely and isolated in the midst of a city of thousands. He knew if he was to stay healthy and be happy, that he needed to meet some friends and to find a community to call home.  

So one Sunday, he made himself the promise that he would walk through the doors of Mount Olivet. He told himself that if anyone said hello to him that morning, he would go back the following week. So he took a deep breath, and mustered all his courage to walk through these unknown doors.

And guess what? The Holy Spirit intervened! A member had the courage to walk up to a total stranger in the sanctuary, introduce himself and shake his hand. Because of that simple meeting, the next week the visitor returned.
A few weeks later the visitor asked to be baptized and then became a member. He’s now here several days a week, volunteering whenever and wherever he can. His smile lights up the room.

He is family.

At our annual Hi-er League weekend at camp, Kristi Youngdahl always asks our college-aged campers to come to church on summer Sundays. She tells them, “You may not think you need to go, but you never know who might really need to see you.”

If you’re looking for a place to call home, we’re waiting to welcome you. If you’ve dipped your toes in the water, but haven’t quite jumped in, go for it! And if this is your home, by all means extend a welcome to an unfamiliar face. A simple smile and handshake could change a person’s life.

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.
– Pastor Hammersten