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Editor's note - This column was originally published in The Times and Democrat on Dec. 15, 2017.

We have all felt alone at one point in our lives. It is inevitable we will sink into a time of despair, alone with just ourselves feeling as if we were to go away, no one would even notice we were no longer there.

This is especially true during holiday seasons such as Christmas. There are countless numbers of people, old and young and every age in between, who sit quietly alone, wanting to feel they are wanted. Sometimes these same people are in the middle of everything that is going on, but yet even in the middle of everything, they still feel as if they are of no good to anyone.

Why don't we Christians share with these people the promised love of Jesus Christ? By our profession of faith in Christ, we are in possession of the greatest love that has ever been demonstrated to all of mankind. However, very often, in the midst of our daily routines, we simply overlook the opportunity to share His love with others.

Let this article today be the beginning of change by this self-professing Christian.

To whomever you are, wherever you are, let me share with you the character of the one who will never, ever leave you alone. When God loves you, you stay loved. Regardless of what you’ve done, are currently doing, will do, or might do, you are loved by God. No matter what mistake you pull. No matter how much you miss your potential. No matter how distant and separated you may be. No matter how rebellious you’ve been. No matter how many you have betrayed. No matter how deep you’ve cut others. God says, “I wish I could die in your place.”

And that is precisely what He did. You don't have to be alone. Can you feel Him calling you? If so, why not come home? Come home to experience the promise of John 3:16.

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Rev. Robert Templeton resides in Orangeburg County.


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