Continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from
house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.
Loneliness is one of the greatest threats to our sense of well-being, affecting our health through our behaviour, food consumption, and the like. One study suggests that nearly two-thirds of all people, regardless of age or gender, feel lonely at least some of the time. One British supermarket has created “talking tables” in their store cafés as a way to foster connection between people. Those looking for human interaction simply sit themselves at a table designated for that purpose, joining others or indicating a desire to be joined. Conversation ensues, providing a sense of connection and community.
The people of the early church were committed to shared connection too. Without each other, they would likely have felt very alone in the practice of their faith, which was still new to the world. Not only did they “devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching” to learn what following Jesus meant, they also “met together in the temple courts” and “broke bread in their homes” for mutual encouragement and fellowship (Acts 2:42, 46).
We need human connection; God designed us that way! Painful seasons of loneliness point to that need. Like the people of the early church, it is important for us to engage in the human companionship our well-being requires and to offer it to those around us who also need it.
Lord God, Help me, to seek connection for my sake and that of others. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.