STOP AND THINK – If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen. (Loretta Girzartis, American educator and writer)

In spite of crowded malls, theaters, and sports arenas, a lot of people are lonely today. To be alone when surrounded by people is a difficult experience for anyone. If we will just reach out to such people, as Girzatis says, to “stretch out a hand or whisper encouragement,” trying to understand their plight, we may launch the beginning of a great experience for them.

And we urge you . . . encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)