Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This past week was way different than anything that I have experienced for a long time. I will admit that it was so different that I don’t really want to do it again. Yet I know it will surely happen. Let me explain.

Vicki retired and had this time set up where she would go with Candice, Caitlyn, Camryn and Timothy to Indianapolis where Camryn’s team was in the National Volleyball Tournament. Vicki left on Monday the 1st and comes home on the 9th. It has been tough.

Then because it was 4th of July week, Joshua, Danielle and the kids took off for OKC. It has been so quiet around the house that there were times when I had no idea what to do. Vicki wasn’t there to tell me what to do and Sutton wasn’t there to tell me to get puzzles or Legos out.

It got so bad that I even went to United just so I could see some people. JoAnn Ring did send me a text on the 4th to let me know they had hamburgers and homemade ice cream. Since I had already eaten, I went over to have some ice cream and just some time to visit.

I know I could have visited with so many around that I probably wouldn’t have noticed Vicki being gone, until I stepped back into the house. I tried to visit around as much as possible, but it just seemed that it wasn’t the same as Vicki being home.

Oh, Vicki called about every day to see how things were going. One time she asked – “Did you get the laundry done? Did you get the dishes washed? Did you get your shirts and jeans ironed?” I told her I had all that done. She was a little surprised but I think it made her happy.

But I still struggled with being alone. I know I’m not the only one to have that struggle. There are many that deal with being alone following the death of a loved one or finding themselves in a situation that has them separated from family.

Joni Eareckson Tada wrote and sang a beautiful song that says so much. It is entitled – Alone, yet Not Alone. It says ---

I'm alone, yet not alone. God's the light that will guide me home. With His love and tenderness, Leading through the wilderness, And wherever I may roam, I'm alone, yet not alone.

I will not be bent in fear. He's the refuge I know is near. In His strength I find my own; By His faithful mercies shown. That so mighty is His shield All His love is now revealed.

When my steps are lost; And desperate for a guide, I can feel his touch, A soothing presence by my side.

Alone, yet not alone. Not forsaken when on my own. I can lean upon His arm, And be lifted up from harm. If I stumble or if I'm thrown; I'm alone, yet not alone.

When my steps are lost; And desperate for a guide, I can feel His touch, A soothing presence by my side By my side!

He has bound me with His love, Watchful angels look from above. Every evil can be braved, For I know I will be saved. Never frightened on my own, I'm alone, yet not alone.

I'm alone, yet not alone

One thing I know for sure that no matter what -- God won’t ever leave me or anyone who trusts in Him. The promise that God made to Joshua comes forward to all who trust Him. Hebrews 13:5b says “…for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.’”

You may be feeling all alone today, but know that others are experiencing the same feelings. Also remember that in God you are not alone!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul