Holidays bring out lies and liars. Family members gather to laugh about and over grandiose figments of the imagination. One uncle tells about the 90 lb barracuda trout he caught while on vacation in Aruba last year. One aunt tells about just how much she’s NOT going to eat this year. There’s always one with the best story. One that you can always bank on showing up is LONELINESS. Sometimes he arrives with the rest of the guests and stays all day but the majority of the time, he shows up right when the last guest is leaving, sits in your recliner and starts chatting.
Understand that loneliness is a pathological liar. He will never tell you the whole truth. He will tell you that in a room full of people, you are all alone. And you deserve it cause it’s your own fault. Loneliness will tell you that you are all alone in this room because you’re simply inferior to everybody else and there’s nothing you can do about it. Loneliness will tell you that you’re here by yourself because you here by yourself is not enough, that anything you have is not enough, and anything you do is not enough because if it were, you would not be here by yourself.
But remember, loneliness doesn’t know how to tell the truth. Go find Hebrews 13:5. Stop and read Deuteronomy 31:6. Heck, just pick up any bible, drop it on the floor and read any passage it opens on. You’ll see you’re not alone. You’ll never be alone. You weren’t created to be alone. And you alone is more than enough for the Lord Jesus Christ who died for you. Regardless of how you feel, that’s the truth of the matter.
So have a hearty laugh at his stories. Take them for what they are…grandiose figments of the imagination.