Updated: Sep 23, 2020
We are born with the need to be connected to other humans. In the Garden, when it was just God and Adam, and sin had not yet entered the world, God said it was not good for Adam to be alone. Even in that perfection of union with God, Adam needed a human connection.
Britain has just appointed a minister on loneliness to study and to find strategies to confront the loneliness of their people. It is hardly just a British problem. Whatever the cause of the loneliness, the harmful effects are real and world-wide.
We can be as lonely in a room full of people as in a dark room by ourselves. Acquaintances and surface relationships will only get us so far; we need real and authentic community with others. All of us need personal connections where we are known and loved, and where others will share themselves with us too.
How are you making a safe space for another to share with you their "without-the-mask-selves"? How are you being vulnerable and sharing your real self with another, so they will feel trusted and connected to you?