… Enoch walked with God, and he was no longer here, for God took him.

Gen 5:24

And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them.

Lk 24:15

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It is not uncommon that I speak with men and women who feel alone, and by that I mean an existential “aloneness” – alone in the midst of a broken or preoccupied family, among neighbors and workmates, a painful alone.  I, too, have felt that.

We are social beings.  Much of our life is social, its substance is social – and it appears to us that all the world is dancing and we stand by alone, without a partner – or laughter, or the gaiety of a friendly group or loving companion.

Often we have family members who seem not to comprehend our feeling alone as we do.  In most instances they have the company of others or are absorbed in life with people – at work, raising children, busy with matters of social interaction.

We do not “do” solitude well as humans.  It is something of an acquired skill.

When you are alone and feel the pain of that experience, think of the above.

Enoch walked with God.  God took Enoch (in).  This does not say Enoch died and God took him (in).  Enoch walked with God (in his life).  God accompanied Enoch in his life, in his being, in his mortality.  Are you any different than Enoch?  You are flesh and bone and spirit and faith just as he was.  And is it not true that when you walk in mortal life, God takes you in?  Is not your very life subsumed in God’s creation of it, of you?

Think of the two men on the road to Emmaus.  Jesus walked with them on that road, appeared to them after his crucifixion though they did not recognize him immediately.  They were not without him.  Two very ordinary men were his companions in their suffering and apparent loss.

Are you any different than they?  Are you any less important than they are?  No, of course not.

When you appear to have lost friends, health, work, a spouse or when the children are gone and the days grow long in their quiet – think of this: maybe God desires in these naked times to walk with you, to have company with you alone (without all the social distractions).

Maybe your “aloneness” is time with God, a blessing you are not used to.  Maybe that one friend who takes time to listen and talk to you is inspired by Christ, a friend of God who brings love to you – everlasting love, the mediation of God’s love of you.  Maybe God is present in that one person and in the time spent in conversation with one another. Maybe this is holy time and holy friendship, evidence of God and God’s love of you.

Alone?  Or Real Presence?

Shalom.

Thank you for sharing Spirlaw with others.  You are doing the work of an evangelist by doing so – and how we need this, so very much.  God bless you.

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