Monday, June 4, 2012

Tucker

This is Tucker.
Isn't he cute?
Tucker lives across the street and he howls when he is lonely.
Right now he is lonely a lot. 
His owner is in China for work.
He has a doggie sitter, but when the sitter leaves, Tucker cries.
Mostly Tucker cries at night.
He hates being alone in the dark.
One night this past week, I couldn't sleep. 
It was around 2 am and I could hear poor Tucker howling at the gate.
Now Tucker has a doggie door so he can freely go in and out of the house.
He has nice soft leather couches to lounge on. Water to drink. Food to eat.
But Tucker gets lonely.
Even though he has all he needs to survive, 
he suffers from loneliness.    
When Tucker gets lonely he cries out for companionship.
Sounds like a good idea.
I think I should be more like Tucker.  I should holler when I am lonely for companionship, instead of assuming that my friends are too busy for me or have better things to do. Instead there are times when I just sit alone, wondering, stuck, not moving or making a move to change how I feel. It won't happen on its own.
No one could possibly know I am lonely, unless I tell them.
Therein lies the problem.
Many of us do this. We sit around, waiting for something to happen to us.
Waiting for someone to call, to invite us, to make a move. When we should be willing to do that. If we all are waiting for someone else, then we all sit home alone.
Howling in the dark!
God did not mean for man to be alone, or woman for that matter.
We were created for community.
The Bible talks about this a lot. I have selected a few of my favorite verses to share.

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Acts 2:42-47
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, ...

Galatians 6:2
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
        
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

So let's all take a lesson from Tucker and howl out for some companionship.
When he cries I go and see him and visit with him.

Take the first step and let someone know you need a friend. 

 

 

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