It is not yet daybreak and I am sitting here with my morning coffee thinking about the day ahead. Today is Monday, the first day of a new work week and I am already planning how to approach the day. Sometimes I just need to be in the present moment and not think too far ahead.
As I sit here in the quiet with no TV, no music playing, no voices heard, I ponder how lonely life can be when it is not shared with another. Being single and alone is many times a sad place to be. As these thoughts flood my mind, I am reminded of a song from my youth, "No One Stands Alone". The song has beautiful words that lift my spirit and encourage me greatly as it reminds me that, with God, I am never alone. The chorus of the song is my prayer today:
"Hold my hand all the way, every hour, every day.
From here to the great unknown.
Take my hand, let me stand
Where no one stands alone."
We are never truly alone when we are sheltered by a loving Heavenly Father. He is the friend that is ever faithful, the companion who never leaves or forsakes, the one whose love is constant and true. I could not endure the adversities of life without knowing that He is ever near.
I realize that there are those who doubt His existence, who have never trusted Him or believed in Him. That is their choice. However, I cannot imagine a life without God in it. His love has covered me and held me secure from the days of my childhood. When life has been at its bleakest, He has been there. When death has come to those I loved and I have been left behind, He was there. Every morning that I awaken, seeking His guidance, He is there. I am never really alone.
I have no clue as to what the year ahead has in store. I can tell you this, though, wherever life finds me it will find my sweet Lord. I live each day knowing that He will never leave me---knowing that I have a friend who is closer than a brother. I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and knows me by name. I am never really alone.