No Hay Razón Sentir Solitario

By Mary Hunt Webb

Posted Monday, March 30, 2015

A photographic image of automobiles covered by falling snow.

Offering a ride to others isn't always the easiest thing to do, but it demonstrates the love of Jesus in a very practical way. [Photographer: Geoffrey Whiteway. Photo courtesy of]

When I was a teenager, my mother didn't have a car. Mother and I went everywhere on foot, on the bus, or with friends in their cars. We relied on a friend and neighbor, Lahoma, to take us to church every Sunday morning. When Lahoma changed churches, Mother and I did, too. When Lahoma moved closer to the church, but farther away from us, we thought we had lost our ride to church. However, she continued to come back to her old neighborhood to take us to church with her.

Although Lahoma is now in her 90s, we still stay in touch with each other through long distance phone calls.

I once asked her, "Why did you go out of your way to come and take us to church after you moved closer to it?"

"It's simple, Mary. I didn't want to go to church alone!"

Transportation wasn't the only way we connected with Lahoma. Her daughter spent time at our house when Lahoma and her husband had to go somewhere. It wasn't that her daughter couldn't stay at home by herself, but Lahoma felt better knowing that her daughter was with people she could trust. In turn, I spent some Saturday mornings with Lahoma and her daughter while my mother worked.

On another occasion, I remember going to Lahoma's house where she cut my mother's hair. Mother also returned the favor in other ways.

A photographic image of a lady getting her hair cut.

Friends help each other in whatever way they can. [Photographer: Elliott Nevills. Photo courtesy of]

Lahoma taught me that meeting the needs of others often meets our own needs as well. When we give, we often receive, whether it is with material goods or by helping each other as needed. Such giving often strengthens the bonds of friendship that may last long after the need is over.

Although my mother has passed away, the friendship between Lahoma and I continues. When I visit her area, I try to arrange time to go see her. Her memory isn't what it used to be, but she still remembers me. I still have a place in her heart as she has one in mine. It reminds me of 1 John 4:7 that says, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God." (King James Version)

Is there someone you could cheer up with a phone call or a visit? When you do, you will stop feeling lonely and will find that you receive as much encouragement as you give.

A photographic image of two cat buddies.

Our presence is a present we give to others. [Photographer: Randen Pederson. Photo courtesy of]


1 John 4:7 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God." (King James Version)

1 Juan 4:7 "Amados, amémonos unos a otros; porque el amor es de Dios. Todo aquel que ama, es nacido de Dios, y conoce a Dios." (Reina-Valera 1960)

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