Table for One

by Shirley Mozena

The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Dont abandon me, for you made me. Psalm 138:8 NLT

Table for one? If you go to a restaurant and ask for seating for one, do you get a strange look? Or a seat at a movie or performance. Seating for one?

Statistics say there are more people renting apartments for one than ever before. Some will celebrate the coming holiday season alone for the first time. They were with someone for years, but now are alone.

Just this week I was chatting with a woman who declared, “I’d just like to go to bed the day before Thanksgiving and wake up January 2nd!” She doesn’t necessarily want to be alone at holidays, it just works out that her family is far away, and her husband is no longer here.

Is this you? Perhaps you don’t live alone, but you feel alone. You rarely have conversation with a spouse or roommate except to discuss what might be on the calendar for the day—or week.

I appreciate David’s reminder in Psalm 138:8 that God was his maker and therefore would never abandon him. That’s a reminder for us. God is our maker, and He won’t abandon us, either. We can even use those words as a prayer of trust.

So, you may ask, what do I do now in my aloneness? If you attend church, you might ask your pastor or someone in the church office if there’s a family who could use someone to come alongside and provide a meal for them. Ask if there’s a new widow or widower who could use a friend to share a holiday meal. If you have family around, be aware of anyone who is alone and invite them to your Thanksgiving meal.

I have been alone—I’ve been widowed twice. Sometimes I took myself out for dinner and chose a table in a corner where I could observe other diners. I’d imagine what their story might be. I noticed lots of couples who weren’t alone, but they would be busy texting and looking at their phones, talking to other people who were not even there. Essentially, they were alone, too.

Isaiah, the prophet, said, “Yet Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter;
we all are the work of Your hands”(Isaiah 64:8 HCSB).

Before the beginning of time, God knew you. Knew what your circumstances would be. You and I are the work of his hands. He knows. He cares.

Lord, today I ask you to be with those who feel so very alone. Let them know You are there and will work out Your plans for them. Amen.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Shirley Quiring Mozena is a writer, blogger, and national speaker for Stonecroft. She has written three books, Second Chances, Beyond Second Chances: Heartbreak to Joyand recently published, Second Chance at Love: Navigating the Path to RemarriageHer work has appeared in newspapers and magazines.

Join the conversation: Have you ever reached out to someone who found themselves alone on a holiday? What happened?


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