Mother Teresa once said: “The greatest disease in the world today is loneliness… and the only cure for it is love”. I think she is right. The Beatles once sang: “The lonely people, where do they all come from? The lonely people, where do they all belong?” People think death, disease, hunger, poverty are the greatest enemies. I think loneliness tops them. Why? Because when cancer strikes, it is the loneliness of the journey that chills the soul more than the disease itself. Poverty is tolerable if you are loved and have family, but dying alone in old age is a far more dreaded enemy.
At Christmas, God came into our cold dark, lonely world to bring the light of His eternal love. Jesus was born in the small village of Bethlehem, so that we will no longer have to be alone anymore. He came to take upon Himself the sins of mankind when He was crucified on the cross, rose again from the dead, to conquer death so that we would not have to taste death and hell anymore. Today, He stands at the door of your heart and knock. Will you let Him in? Because “to all who receive Him who believe in His name, He gives them power to become children of God (John 1:12). He promises: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
What are you facing this Christmas? A life-or-death diagnosis? A family tragedy? A marriage crisis? A personal mountain to climb? The greatest fear in all this, is the sense of being alone with no one who understands you, whom you can talk to, or from whom you can draw strength to overcome the giant in your life. Trust Jesus. Give to Him your problem, your loneliness, your fears, your life and you will experience the miracle of a new birth. I once spent Christmas Day alone in my dingy room as a student in England. Everyone was gone. I had a cold sandwich for dinner. Yet a glow filled my heart and room that night. I never forgot that. And I never feared being alone again. Today, may you know this Overflowing Love that never fails. Blessed Christmas!
特蕾莎修女曾经说过： “当今世上最大的疾病是孤单。。。而唯独爱能治愈它”。我非常认同她的想法。披头士（The Beatles）曾唱过一首歌：“孤单的人，来自何方？孤单的人，属于何方？” 大家都认为死亡、疾病、肌饿、贫苦是最大的天敌。我想，那么孤单便是最高的境界了。为什么？因为当癌症侵袭的时候，最让病人受折磨的是疗程中的孤单，而不是病痛。若处于贫苦但仍然有家庭和关爱，那我们还能熬的过去。但是，在老年时孤独终老是一件更可怕的事情。
在圣诞，神降临到我们冷酷黑暗的当中，给孤单的世界带来祂永生的爱和光芒。耶稣在伯利恒的一个小村诞生，使我们不再孤单。祂钉在十字架上，背起了我们人类的罪恶重担，从死里复活并战胜死亡， 让我们不必尝到死亡和地狱的滋味。今天，祂站在您心的门前敲门，您会让祂进入心中吗？因为 “凡接待他的，就是信他名的人，他就赐他们权柄，作神的儿女（约翰福音 1:12）。主曾说：我总不撇下你，也不丢弃你”(希伯来书 13:5) 。
Philip Lyn 医生牧师