“I’m worried about how to combat loneliness and not get depressed,” my friend said. We were texting back and forth about the challenges of social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, and my heart went out to her. I’ve had a few freak-out moments inside my house with my family, but my friend lives alone, so obviously her challenge is greater than mine. During the current crisis, which mandates that many of us stay or work at home, how can we stick together and remember we’re not alone?
As Christians, let’s remember our greatest enemy is not the corona virus, and it’s certainly not that person who just grabbed the last package of toilet paper off the shelf at the grocery store. Our greatest enemy is Satan, and he will do anything he can to put us at odds with each other or make us feel fearful and isolated during this crisis.
Yet the Lord has promised to never leave His people; we need not fear because His unfailing love surrounds us always. The word that Moses spoke to Joshua in Deuteronomy 31:6 rings true for us today: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Remembering God’s presence helps us stand stronger against fear and discouragement. Reaching out to others who may be feeling discouraged can help us all feel more connected. If you are battling isolation like my friend and me, here are ideas to help: