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I Am Not Alone!

12/31/2015 1:44 PM | Anonymous
Listening to Kari Jobe’s I Am Not Alone recently brought back many memories.  The past four years has been an incredible journey for me that make this a very poignant song for me.

Four years ago we learned that my wife Joanne had brain cancer.  In the 21 months she fought so valiantly only to lose in the end my life was a roller coaster ride.  When the damage caused her to need special care I was literally at wits end.  It was the help of a very good Christian friend that put me on the right path.  Not only did he and his wife take me in for several months they also nursed me back to physical and mental health while bringing me back to the church.  That taught me the real meaning of being a Christian – in particular the outward focus on others.

That’s far from the end of the story.  In those next 21 months a very good friend and a close uncle came down with the same brain cancer; all 3 died within a month of each other.  Those same 21 months saw the loss of a total of 14 friends and family including a close cousin, two uncles, a grandson, and a younger friend who was an inspirational coach.   No one can handle this kind of thing without the help of others. 

But this story is not about me – every single Christian has their own unique story about singleness.  This is the story of what led to the Ministry to Singles. 

When it became obvious that there were many singles out there that felt alone, even in church, it was clear that something needed to be done.  That led to working with a close single friend, Marilyn Cutter, to understand the needs and requirements of a singles group.  With the help of many we finally had our first meeting this past March.  It soon became clear that expanding to other churches was critical, as was the need to start a Bible study group focused on the needs of singles.  Social events with other singles brought a new level of fellowship, we now have a thriving Bible study group, and singles from five churches are involved.

All in all a very rewarding year

It has also been a personally rewarding year and one that was a surprise: the rewards of seeing others benefiting in many ways is very heartwarming.  That is truly one of the greatest rewards that God can give us.  And that brings us full circle with the song – I am not alone, we are not alone.  All singles need to know that God and other singles are out there to help.

It is my hope that we can be good shepherds, just as my Christian friends did, and reach out to other churches and singles in the coming year.

A very happy New Year to all of you!

Mark

Comments

  • 05/18/2016 2:48 PM | Anonymous
    Thank you Mark for sharing your experience and following the leading of the Lord or just filling the gap. May the Lord continue to bless you in your singleness which I hope you don't feel so single. The family of GOD is the greatest place to be.
    Kurt
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