HER VOICE WAS WEAK and fearful as she spoke to me over the phone. It was almost midnight, and she kept apologizing . . . but she was so lonely and wanted someone to listen.
HER VOICE WAS WEAK and fearful as she spoke to me over the phone. It was
almost midnight, and she kept apologizing . . . but she was so lonely and
wanted someone to listen. I never got her name nor her address nor enough
hints about her location to follow up our conversation. Her desperate story
broke my heart. I wept after she said "Good-bye—thanks for listening."
My anonymous friend wasn't wanted by her mother and dad when she was home.
They placed her in a foster home and walked out of her life, leaving no
clues of their whereabouts and no promise of their return. She went from
home to home, longing for the day when they would come back and want her
and accept her and love her. The world is filled with people who feel
unwanted—those afflicted with debilitating illness, others who struggle to
fit in because of autism, still others who long to be included who aren't
as physically agile or naturally gifted in sports. They languish in the
silent prison of loneliness.
Jesus not only understood such people, He was drawn to them:
A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed.
"If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean," he said.
Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. "I am willing,"
he said. "Be healed!" Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was
I've often wondered what meant more to this man—that he was suddenly made
clean, or that Jesus noticed him and touched him. Either way, Jesus did
both, and that says so much about how we ought to see others.
I urge you to be especially attentive to those around you who are so easily
marginalized by our fast-paced, demanding society. Draw close to the
have-nots, invite the uninvited, make sure to go out of your way to notice
someone who never gets noticed by the group—then look them in the eye and
speak to them. You just may be the miracle they've been asking for.