"Alone Yet Not Alone"

  • March 9, 2015
  • #8571

The Lord uses today’s technology to minister to depressed and lonely people through the power of music.

Isn’t it amazing how Christian encouragement has gone high tech?

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I really do mean that in a good way. Honestly I do. Nowadays, so much information is at our fingertips. We can find any Bible verse, any Bible passage in an instant; within seconds – and if we can’t find it on biblegateway.com, then we can surely find it in seconds using Google. Type in a few key words and in the next minute we can listen to sermons by John Piper or Charles Spurgeon. With one or two clicks, we can read a whole array of quotations by D.L. Moody or Martyn Lloyd Jones.

I was reminded of this when I spoke to my friend Delinda Carr who works in mental health counseling. It’s a secular job, but Delinda has such a heart for Jesus and a compassionate spirit, she’s always trying to think of ways to point people to Christ. Well, the other day she told me that she was at the clinic working with two patients, both of them very depressed. As she was doing their assessments (you know, asking questions about their struggles), both of them shared how utterly alone they felt; so completely and terribly alone. When she questioned them further, these two patients also shared how they wanted to revisit their faith in God. Well, when Delinda heard that, she had an idea.

She reached into her pocket and pulled out her iPhone and asked these two patients if they would like to hear a song. Well, they both nodded yes. Right there on her iPhone, within seconds, Delinda quickly typed in YouTube. Then she typed in the title of this song. And as the music started playing, she held her iPhone up so that these two patients could see the video, and this is what they heard:

I’m alone, yet not alone. God’s the light that will guide me home,
With his love and tenderness leading through the wilderness.
And wherever I may roam, I’m alone yet not alone.*

Before the song was over, one of the patients had tears running down his cheeks. They were so amazed. “How did you know to play that song?” he said. “It’s so powerful; it describes exactly how I feel. This means so much to me. I know now I am not alone.” When Delinda relayed this story to me, she thanked me for recording it: “Alone Yet Not Alone”. Last year I did – if you’ll recall, it even enjoyed a brief Oscar nomination in the Best Song category for the Academy Awards. But I share it today, because I want to thank the Lord for the way He uses technology (ya gotta love Google and smart phones, right)? And yes, I share this story to convey how God can work powerfully through music – how He can touch our innermost being through the message of a song. But most of all, I share this today because I want to remind you of Hebrews chapter 13, verse 5 where God says, “… Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Friend, like those two patients that Delinda Carr was ministering to you may feel alone today, you may feel isolated, but the Bible assures you that you are not alone – you are safe and secure in the palm of His hand. That’s a promise for today and always.

*Music: “Alone Yet Not Alone” written by Bruce Broughton and composed by Dennis Spiege  © 2014 Ayna, LLC

**Photo: Alone Yet Not Alone official website

© Joni and Friends


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