Day 1, November 5, 2018 Psalm 42:11 “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” (NASB)
The theme for this week is loneliness, something most men have experienced and yet have a hard time admitting. Hopefully by the end of the week we will have a biblical understanding of what the scriptures share concerning our loneliness. It was late in the evening at the fire house when my time to stand watch began. Each man takes a turn to stand watch during the day and night shifts at the fire house. As I sat in the watch room, I knew there were other men around, but the fact that I sat there alone began to weigh on me. Today’s verse is a cry from the author, a feeling that could be one that we have had due to loneliness. Sometimes we men can be in a room filled with people and yet feel the strain of loneliness. As the hours went by, sitting alone, I began to contemplate life, my life, and where my relationship with God was. As I thought about it, I realized there were areas in my life where I needed to work harder in that relationship.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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