Are You Lonely?


John commented on last week’s Thankful Thursday post regarding friendship, “Friendship is an important topic. I would like to see some more books about it. It seems like, in all of our busyness, we don’t make time for friends like we should. I like this thankful thought.”

Inspired by his comment, I have spent some time thinking about friendship. What does it take to be a real friend? How do two people become friends? What are some characteristics of a friendship? What makes a Christ-centered friendship? I think I’ll be writing and posting about these things in the future.

Today’s poetry offering, however, is about the absence of friendship. “Eleanor Rigby” is a song of loneliness.

I’ve always found it curious that the lonely people in this song are church-going folks. The family of God isn’t supposed to be a lonely bunch. Yet churches are filled with lonely people, are they not? And weddings and funerals are two events that can punctuate one’s sense of feeling alone in this world.

Eleanor Rigby
Lennon/McCartney

Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Ah, look at all the lonely people!

Eleanor Rigby
Picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been,
Lives in a dream,
Waits at the window
Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door.
Who is it for?

All the lonely people,
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people,
Where do they all belong?

Father McKenzie,
Writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear,
No one comes near
Look at him working,
Darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there.
What does he care?

All the lonely people,
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people,
Where do they all belong?

Eleanor Rigby
Died in the church and was buried along with her name.
Nobody came.
Father McKenzie,
Wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave,
No one was saved.

All the lonely people,
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people,
Where do they all belong?

Ah, look at all the lonely people!
Ah, look at all the lonely people!

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2 thoughts on “Are You Lonely?

  1. Can’t wait to read your thoughts about this subject! I know that I am one that struggles with a deep sense of loneliness at times, and though my friendships could be deeper, I think that the real root is that I am relying on people to fill that God-shaped hole when all I need is deeper communion with Him.

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  2. I always loved this Beatles’ song… so haunting, and it gets in your head and plays over and over. It really describes what it’s like to be lonely, I think.

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