Lonely old man in his 80s. Strong-bodied. Can shop, cook and take care of himself. No chronic illness. I retired from a scientific research institute in Tianjin, with a monthly pension of 6,000 RMB ($946) a month.
Source: Washington Post
This ad was recently posted in a Chinese bus shelter by Han Zhicheng. Han’s reasoning was simple. He was a widower, estranged from his children, and nearing the end of his life. “I won’t go to a nursing home. My hope is that a kind-hearted person or family will adopt me, nourish me through old age and bury my body when I’m dead.”
Sadly, Mr. Han passed away a short time after posting this ad. He wanted to be adopted so that someone would take care of him. Growing old and alone-it is the fear of many, mine as well.
All of us have experienced loneliness, but when it progresses to despair, all hope seems lost. It may motivate us to do things like Mr. Han. Evangelist and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias solemnly noted, “The loneliest moment in life is when you have just experienced that which you thought would deliver the ultimate and it has just let you down.”
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Psalms 25:16 (ESV)
Loneliness is not restricted by age, gender, or financial standing. King David, the greatest King of Israel, wrote these words thousands of years ago. David was honest with himself and before God. As a youth, he spent many hours as a shepherd, alone and caring for his flocks. As a young man, he was pursued by a maniacal and jealous King Saul who forced David to flee into the dessert. As king, David’s own son, Absalom, usurped the throne from him, and he was again forced to flee into the wilderness. Loneliness. One of the greatest saints of the Bible, King David, viscerally experienced it. But in spite of many seemingly hopeless situations, David never allowed the loneliness to advance to despair. Instead he clung to his faith in God and confidently proclaimed a few verses later…
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
Psalms 25:20-21 (ESV)
God will adopt us as His beloved children when we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we do, God is faithful to keep His promise to us and deliver our souls from loneliness.
No one should descend into the despair of loneliness when God is offering to adopt us has His children.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.