Another name for Jesus is “Immanuel,” which means “God with us.”
Jesus came to heal hurting and broken and lonely people, but he didn’t start with care-plans, prescriptions, or self-help books. He started with himself. He started to heal us by being with us.
Healing by presence. By close-proximity.
When I was struggling with depression and self-injury, the healing process began when I started to understand Jesus was with me, and I wasn’t alone, and he heard me when I thought no one could hear me, and he saw me when I thought I would never stand out, and he cried when I thought I was crying alone.
He loved me, and he was with me, and he started putting back together my broken pieces, and putting his healing palm over my bleeding arms.
And he wants to do the same for you.
God knows we get lonely, so he stays with us.
He knows we hurt, so he stays with us.
He knows we are broken, so he stays with us.
He knows we are bruised, so he stays with us.
And he binds up our broken hearts, and he lifts the chains from our shoulders, and he takes all the bruises and blood and scars on our bodies and replaces them with beauty and joy and gladness.
And he stays with us.
You are not alone.
No matter how lonely you feel, you are not alone.
God is with us. You are not alone.