You Are Not Alone: Care Nights
September 12, 2018
By Kim McGarr, Pastor of Care Ministries
In a 2014 survey of 2,000 people, over one in three adults admitted that they fear being alone. While more people rank public speaking as their number one fear, I think the fear of being alone is experienced by almost everyone at some point in our lives.
Being alone doesn’t necessarily mean single or not in a relationship; you can feel alone in a situation, circumstance, or a decision. Each of us wants to be included and feel a part of a group, and even though we can be virtually connected to avoid that feeling of being alone, it doesn’t combat the feeling long term.
The feeling of being abandoned, alone, or forsaken makes us feel vulnerable and exposed. Even Jesus experienced feeling alone or forsaken. On the cross, Jesus cried out to God the father, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34). Was Jesus left alone by God to face death? Jesus was fully human and experienced the same type of feelings we do. I believe He really felt like God had left Him, just like we do at times. While we truly feel that way, the truth is that God promises to never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6 & Hebrews 13:5). So while Jesus experiences the feeling of being alone, just like we do, we are not alone, even if we “feel” that way!
When I am feeling alone, I seek out others who can relate to what I am feeling and share my experience. That’s one of the reasons Mt. Bethel created Care Nights. When facing difficulties, decisions, the storms of life, broken dreams, seasons of change, or transitions, it helps to share with someone who shares our experience. We can understand and support each other, and suddenly we don’t feel so alone!
Care nights have groups for those experiencing grief, divorce, infertility, miscarriage, adoption loss or loss of a child, as well as groups that support those working to overcome addictions and anxieties, and the challenges of Foster care. Care nights have included groups that discuss parenting issues, as well as caring for aging parents. What does each group have in common? Those who attend find out they are not alone in facing the circumstances, situations, experiences, or decisions, even though you may feel that way. Each Care night program is open to anyone and seeks to encourage everyone to find and follow Jesus through the transitions, challenges, and sorrows of life.
Care nights are every Thursday evening at Mt. Bethel’s Lower Roswell campus. See the Mt. Bethel Care night page at www.mtbethel.org/care-nights to find out what groups are currently meeting and those coming soon.