I'm the only one left in my family. All my brothers and my sister have died, as well as my wife (we didn't have any children). Sometimes I feel so lonely I even think about taking my own life, although I know that would be wrong. How can God help a lonely old man like me? — S.B.
Whenever someone writes to say they're thinking about taking their own life, I wish I could sit down with them and do everything I possibly could to encourage them and persuade them not to take that final, drastic step. No matter how hard life has gotten, I know that with God there is hope.
And I believe God has a special concern for those who are lonely. After all, He knows what loneliness is, for no one was ever lonelier than His Son on the cross. Not only had all His disciples fled when He was arrested, but all Satan's forces were arrayed against Him.
Most of all, as the Bible says, He endured the greatest loneliness of all by being separated from God. This happened because He was bearing our sins. No cry of loneliness was ever greater than those words of Jesus from the cross: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46). He did it for one reason: He loves us.
The most important truth you will ever discover is that God loves you. He loves you so much that He wants you to spend eternity with Him in heaven. Turn to Him today, and by faith ask Christ to come into your life. When we know Christ we are never alone. He is with us, and so are our fellow Christians. May God bless you.