Living Through Loneliness

All people know what it is to be lonely, but as singles, we are uniquely troubled by loneliness. No matter how many social engagements we attend, no matter how many close friends we have, no matter how great a community we belong to – at the end of the day, we crawl into bed alone.

For many, the pain of loneliness is almost too hard to bear. It can drive people to desperate measures like staying in dead-end or unhealthy relationships because it feels better than the alternative; pretending to be someone you’re not, in order to find approval and love; and attempting to gain affection with money, physical intimacy, or service.

Elisabeth Elliot spent more than 40 years of her life single. In her book Passion and Purity, she gives some advice on dealing with loneliness...

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