And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20
It started in 1989 with a TV commercial from a medical alert company that sold a pendant that could contact emergency responders. An elderly woman was seen speaking into her pendant: “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” That line made its way into the cultural conversation: T-shirts, television sitcoms, and music throughout the 1990s.
As much as the phrase was parodied, it nonetheless conveyed a serious message: There is a risk to living a solitary life. Solomon wrote that when someone falls, his friend can help him up. “But woe to him who is alone when he falls” (Ecclesiastes 4:10). It is a reminder of the power and value of living in community with others—even if just one other. Living a solitary life is not God’s design for humanity. Thankfully, even if we find ourselves alone, we know that Jesus is always with us. He told His disciples, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Marriage, friendships, relationships, groups, congregations—all are ideal ways to live amongst friends. But start with Jesus. He is committed to be with you always.
There is no better proof of friendship than to help our friends with their burdens. Augustine