PASTORS BLOG: July 11, 2018
Several years ago when we went to India, we decided to buy a house in Bangalore for our retirement. Over the years, I have always thought that if anything should happen to my wife, I would immediately move to India and settle down in the place I grew up, namely Bangalore. But last week I was suddenly hit by Autophobia, the fear of being lonely. If I did move to India, I have no friends or siblings there, most of them have come here or moved to another country and I would be lonely. So I have changed my mind and plan to stay on here because most of my family and friends are here. I reasoned to myself that someone here will at least call me or bring me some food sometime. Today, 7/11 happens to be National Cheer the Lonely Day.  The fact remains that there
are too many people who are lonely in this world, especially in their senior years as they move into nursing homes. Loneliness can affect the quality and quantity of life.  A study in Archives of
Internal Medicine states that feelings of loneliness increases the risk of premature death. A study of 45,000 people reveals that people who lived alone were more likely to die of heart attack or stroke than those who  had companionship. Being alone increased the risk of heart issues and death by 24 percent among people ages 45 to 65. I guess isolation, loneliness and individualism goes contrary to mankind. This soul is not to be lived  solo. So on this Cheer the Lonely Day, why not make a call to someone who is alone or visit a nursing home resident and bring some cheer? There are too many lonely people waiting for your call or visit.  But if you are not up to it, then go and cheer yourself up because Seven Eleven is giving free Slurpy today, between 11am and 7pm, for their 91st birthday. Better still is Apostle Paul’s admonition: “We, who are strong, ought to bear with the failing of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”
Shalom, Shalom!
Franklin G. David
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”July 05, 2018