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Fishing For A Friend?

Loneliness Evangelism Friendship

Source: “The establishment lets you order an aquatic pal," by RAVNEET AHLUWALIA, September 4, 2017, The Independent

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-09

Scripture: Matthew 4:19

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The Independent reports:

The fish friend programme caught the imagination of the internet after radio producer Michelle Cook tweeted a picture of the fishbowl and sign. The caption read: “My friend is staying in a hotel in Belgium. They've offered her the option of renting a fish for the night, in case she's lonely.”

... Hotel manager David Dillen told The Independent that the fish rental service has been running for several years and is popular with guests. 

He said: “We started a few years ago. The idea was to surprise our guests, as we always try to do.

“It’s brilliant to see how people react to it. They smile, they take pictures to put on social media. We rent a few fish per week.”

APPLICATION

There are a lot of ways to deal with the problem of loneliness.  You could order a fish.  Or, you could get out of yourself and focus on trying to help someone else.  Whatever might be said of Jesus' followers, it should never be said that they are lonely. First, you’re never alone when you walk closely with Jesus. He is constantly by your side.  Also, He compels you to seek and serve others—particularly the lost.  His promise to every faithful follower is that He will make them fishers of men.  So the next time you're feeling all alone, don't hang out with a fish, but go fishing!

"Come, follow Me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). 

Isolation and Depression at Christmas

Christmas Depression Loneliness

Source: "Holiday Depression" by Michael Kerr, posted Healthline.com, on March 29, 2012

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-17

Scripture: Isaiah 43:1 ; John 1:1

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Contrary to popular perception and medical myth, the Christmas holiday season (from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day) does not produce the highest rates of suicide. In fact, statistically December has the lowest suicide rate of any month of the year. "Christmas itself seems to have a protective effect with regard to certain types of psychopathology," say researchers.

That doesn't mean people don't get depressed at a higher rate, or resort to drug and alcohol abuse during the holiday season. The statistics bear out the truth of these realities. But it is the time immediately following the holiday season--that time of festivity letdown--when researches see the greatest uptick in suicide attempts. One large Danish study places the uptick as high as 40 percent.

Social isolation--that feeling of disconnectedness--is the single greatest predictor of holiday depression and post holiday suicide.

APPLICATION

If you are feeling isolated--disconnected--this holiday season, remember that this season celebrates the very reality of God coming to Earth for one reason: To draw near to you! To enter into intimate fellowship with you! You are not alone!

"But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine" (Isaiah 43:1-2).

"The sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out" (John 10:3).

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:1, 14)

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8).

The Anti-Loneliness Cafe

Loneliness Jesus, Savior Relationships

Source: "Japan's 'anti-loneliness' cafe goes viral" by Frances Cha, published CNN,Thu May 15, 2014

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-21

Scripture: Revelation 3:20

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Hate to dine alone? Many people do. No worries. If you don't have a date for dinner, you can now dine with a Moomin.

Wait, a what?!

Moomins are a family of white, anime, hippo-like characters created by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. They've been around for decades, and have increased in popularity around the world, especially in anime-obsessed Japan, where Moomin House Cafes are catering to the solitary diner.

In a nod to the growing isolation of Japan's workaholic labor force, giant, plush-toy Moomins are brought to the tables of solo diners in an effort to spare them the "awkward perils" of dining alone.

The original Moomin cafe opened in 2001, but pictures of diners "enjoying" the company of Moomins have recently gone viral, creating a huge surge in the cafe's popularity. There are now three locations, with more on the horizon, if their "anti-loneliness" concept proves to be more than a passing fad.

Click here to see a diner with her Moomin companion.

APPLICATION

Yes, Moomins are cute, but it seems a stretch to suggest they can quell the "awkward perils" of loneliness.

The truth is, even real people aren't able to satisfy our need to be perfectly loved and fully accepted. For that we must seek the companionship of the only person who is actually capable of meeting these deeper, spiritual needs. To every lonely heart, Jesus says, "Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends" (Revelation 3:20, NLT).

A Moomin might fill an empty seat, but only Jesus can fill an empty heart. Open your heart to Him and you will never have to fear the "awkward perils" of loneliness again!

Shocking Study Reveals Aversion to Alone Time

Meditation Loneliness Word of God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-12

Scripture: Psalms 1:2 ; Psalms 119:

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Designer's "Hug Me" Jacket Leaves You Out In The Cold

Desperation Loneliness God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-06

Scripture: Isaiah 61:2

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Rags to Royalty

Friendship Loneliness Love (Human)

Contributed By: Francis Balla | Date Posted: 2013-03-20

Scripture: 1 Samuel 20:17

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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No Loneliness With Immanuel

Loneliness Christmas God's Presence

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-05-23

Scripture: Matthew 1:23 ; Isaiah 7:14

Author: Rev. A. Stephen Pieters
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Loneliness Is Risky

Loneliness Fellowship Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-26

Scripture: Genesis 2:18

Author: John T. Cacioppo, University of Chicago, James H.
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Fellowship Through Service

Fellowship Loneliness Servanthood

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-26

Scripture: Philippians 1:5

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What People Think About You

Jesus' Love Devotion Loneliness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-31

Scripture: Hebrews 7:25

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