many as received Him to them gave he the right to become children of
God, even to them that
Depersonalization, estrangement, isolation, the lonely crowd-these are the terms that characterize our age.
We play the role. We pretend that it doesn’t matter. But inside we’re alone, desperately alone. We seek acceptance and identity in strange ways. We join street gangs, organizations, societies, bridge clubs, peace marches, protest groups, country clubs, service associations, political parties and even churches.
Yet we remain dissatisfied, unfulfilled, unloved. Beneath our thin facade of sophistication we battle disconcerting doubts, haunting fears, and crippling anxieties. Silently we cry out for someone who will listen, who will understand, who will care.
Many of us conclude with the Psalmist of old, I look to the right and watch, but there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me, no man cares for me. (Psalm 142:4).
If there is, is it possible that He, the great infinite
God of the universe, is even aware of the individual member
of the species homo sapiens on His microscopic planet Earth,
let alone concerned?
To become one of "his own" you must abandon
the facade and admit you, too are a lost sinner. You must repent of
your sin, be willing to turn from it. You must invite Him to become
your Shepherd, and your Lord.
To accept His offer of love is to find your hope for real peace and real assurance in this age of insecurity. To do so is to find authentic personal identity. It is to find a Friend who has said, I will never fail you or forsake you.
Who cares? God
(John S. Oldfield, Abridged)