To Become Less Lonely - Sunday, October 8, 2017
If you’ve ever felt lonely, you’re not alone. Most of us feel that way from time to time. In fact, in our busy and so-called “connected” world, loneliness seems to be increasing.
Experts are now saying that loneliness is becoming a public health hazard. As one researcher put it, “Many nations around the world now suggest we are facing a ‘loneliness epidemic.’”1 In England, for example, a telephone hotline has been set up so that those who feel lonely can talk to somebody—about whatever they want, for as long as they want. The hotline receives about 10,000 calls a week.2
So many are lonely; what can be done?
To begin with, it’s good to remember that we are never really alone. God is in His heaven, watching over us all. But He also wants us to reach out to others. Instead of scrolling endlessly through social media posts, we can plan ways to get together. Instead of waiting for the phone to ring, we can make a call. Instead of hoping others will think of us, we can show interest in them.
A widow of many years decided a long time ago that she could either be lonely or she could be friendly. So she makes it a point to look for those who need a friend. She says, “You can never have enough friends.” Another man signs up for classes and gets involved in his community and church. He talks with neighbors and stays in touch with his family. What he discovered is true for all of us: loneliness decreases when we make an effort to interact with others, when we befriend the friendless and find ways to bring people into our circle, however small it might seem.
Of course, we all need time alone every now and then. But there are those with too much time alone, and they need our love and friendship, our outreach and kindness, our care and concern. As we help others to feel less lonely, we will find that we needed them just as much as they needed us.
-Lloyd D. Newell
1. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, quoted in Chris Weller, “Loneliness May Be a Greater Public Health Hazard than Obesity—and Experts Say It’s Getting Worse,” Business Insider, Aug. 7, 2017, businessinsider.com/loneliness-greater-public-health-hazard-than-obesity-2017-8
2. See Chris Weller, “Loneliness.”
October 8, 2017
Broadcast Number 4,595
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Members of the
Orchestra at Temple Square
Canticle of Faithfulness
Daniel Bird; based on "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" by William M. Runyan
Traditional Shaker song; arr. Mack Wilberg
Prelude on All Things Bright and Beautiful
The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield
Paul Leddington Wright
Where Love Is
Joanne Bushman Doxey & Marjorie Castleton Kjar; arr. Sam Cardon
The Whole Armor of God
K. Lee Scott