I read Henri Nouwen’s Reaching Out several years ago when the women in my primary friend group at the time were all reading Henri Nouwen. It’s what we did back then. I decided to revisit this book because I’m not sure if I agree with it now. I know Nouwen discusses the movement from loneliness to solitude, but I don’t remember the details. Did he say loneliness leads us to solitude and then we don’t struggle with loneliness anymore after we embrace and practice solitude? Is that what he said? Because if that’s what he said, then I disagree. Are we allowed to disagree with Henri Nouwen?Read More
Hope for the Lonely Small Group Discussion Guide
Week One Episode 2
Starting the Conversation
(Everyone is invited to share their answers with the group.)
Before we get started, what are your initial thoughts about the topic of loneliness? And, what do you hope to gain from our Hope for the Lonely small group meetings?
Take one-to-two minutes of silence to let go of any cares, concerns, etc.
Listen to Episode 2 of Hope for the Lonely (11 min 22 sec)
1. Have you ever talked about loneliness with anyone?
2. Did any of the definitions of loneliness from this episode catch your attention? How do you define loneliness?
3. In this episode, Charlotte talks a bit about the loneliness of motherhood. What seasons have seemed lonelier to you?
4. When you have struggled with loneliness, what has given you hope?
5. What additional thoughts or observations would you like to share?
Read Psalm 13 together.
Lord, when we feel forgotten or alone, comfort us. When we wrestle with our worries, give us peace. Enable us to trust you, to receive your love, and to rest in your grace. Amen.
Share prayer requests and pray together.
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