“And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)
On most evenings at bedtime, my daughter and I will snuggle in her bed. First, we say a little prayer. Next, we sing a song. Then I say: “I love you and good night.”
At this point, in order to put off sleep, my daughter will say: “I have to go to the bathroom.” Of course, we get up and go to the bathroom. After we return to her room, settle down in bed, she says: “I am thirsty.” Once again, we hop up, I get her water, and we return to bed.
Finally, I will attempt to leave, and she says: “Hold you.” What she means is she wants me to hug her, so I hold her and hug her and kiss her good night again. Usually, by this time, she falls asleep.
I think for her it is important that she knows that I will not leave her. Frankly, I think all of us want to know that we will not be left alone. Jesus reminds his followers, after his resurrection: “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We are not alone. We are loved and held. There may be night, and we might be fearful or restless, but we are never alone. Jesus is with us, and we can rest in his arms, surrounded by love.
When have you felt the most alone? Did you reach out to anyone? Did anyone reach out to you? Perhaps you may want to call or write and send a note to that individual today and share your experience with them.