Loneliness is a major problem as one ages. Some of the elderly have no surviving relatives; some who have, have been partially deserted

Loneliness – your life is not collapsing, God is with you

Loneliness is a major problem as one ages. Some of the elderly have no surviving relatives; some who have, have been partially deserted. The young are head over heels making money. There’s no doubt one has to work extremely hard nowadays to make ends meet since the cost of living has been escalating for years.

This is happening all over the world. There has been a lot of migration for better pastures leaving elderly relatives alone. However, God has said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened unto you.” (Luke 11:9)

The problem in the ageing process can be very daunting, especially when the ageing cells are also waging war within themselves, resulting in different infirmities. If things are getting out of hand, Age Concern can be approached to help out. Their programs may have the solution to your loneliness.

If you can not be visited by your relatives, try to go out, if you can, to make friends. There are several clubs that cater to the elderly. Some offer outings, eating out at subsidised prices, and sometimes arrange cinema outings or similar events. These are arranged through a Secretary, and with travel passes can go far within zones 1-6.

Those who can read can borrow books from local libraries and keep their brains going. There are prospective friends everywhere, but you have to choose your friends carefully. Life can be interesting. A bit of “hello” and a smile can be very inviting at bus stops and in the supermarket and this might solve your situation.

Don’t be put off by rejection. Ask God to give you good, real, cherished friends who have fear of the Lord. My advice is to be careful whom you bring to your house, remembering that there are difficult human beings out there. You can meet in open or eating places. Also be careful what you discuss. Just be pleasant and friendly. God will look after you. Remember, when you dwell on negativity you’re damaging your own life. Believe something good will happen to you.

God has done it in the past. He has expensive blessings coming for you sooner than you think because you are honouring him first.

Here is a prayer to use: “Lord God, I repent of all my sins. Come into my heart and dwell. I’ll make you my life. In Jesus’ name.” Let your hope be high in life for God is always with you 24 hours every day. Believe and you’ll be happy. Give him glory!

Have a good day!

Gladys Ikeme. (child of God)