“Do your best to come to me
quickly…When you come, bring … my scrolls, especially the parchments…but
everyone deserted me. May it not be held
against them. But the Lord stood at my
side and gave me strength…The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack…To him
be glory for ever and ever…Do your
best to get here before winter” 2 Timothy 4:9-21.
Loneliness is one of the toughest emotions to shake. People experience it daily and it masquerades
around in costumes that we don’t even recognize. When my father-in-law lived with us his final
year of life I experienced loneliness like I never had before. With caregivers at the home daily to assist
me it seems I shouldn’t have felt lonely.
But during that time, I felt no one could relate to my circumstances. I was a daughter-in-law caring for my
father-in-law on every level. It would
have been a different landscape totally had it been my own parent with 52 years
of history, relationship and fellowship.
But the target of adversity rarely lands in expected places.