Tomorrow night at church, we will be screening the Beatles movie, “Yellow Submarine.” My mind wandered to one of the songs in the movie that first appeared on their “Revolver” album. The song? “Eleanor Rigby”.
If you don’t know the song, the lyrics focus in on the isolation and the disconnectedness that we all experience at times in our lives. I find the song both haunting and accurate.
The refrain goes like this…
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
There is a sad irony that we are more connected than any other generation in the history of the world and yet many are more isolated than ever. Smartphones, email, social media and yet intimacy can be elusive.
Even the most introverted and quiet person needs the presence of others in their lives. There is a vast difference between being alone and being lonely.
Some of you who are reading this right now are well-connected. You have a strong network of family and friends in your life. Good for you! That is a blessing!
Some of you do not have that connection with others and that hurts. You feel personally what The Beatles were singing about in “Eleanor Rigby.”
King David once sang a song (psalm) like this. In fact, David wrote several psalms of loneliness. But in Psalm 25 David wrote this…
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart have multiplied;
free me from my anguish. Psalm 25:16-17
This is the cry of isolation and some of us know it well.
Right now, Jesus is calling out to us. He breaks through the pain of isolation and says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus came back from the dead to tell us that we can come to him and escape this pernicious feeling that we are all alone and nobody has our back. I can tell you without a doubt in my mind, Jesus has our back and always will.
Come and find rest in Jesus. Come to worship and be surrounded by his love and the love of others.
God bless you,