"To be human is to be lonely.” Jason Gaboury begins his new book on loneliness with this quote from Friar Ugo. And it says something profound about what it means to be human. We all experience loneliness. We feel left out, like we don’t measure up, or like the odd man out of the group. But this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. We were created for community, to reflect the relational nature of God Himself. Sin and the loss of relationship has opened a chasm between us and God as well as between us and our friends, spouses, co-workers, and family. We seek deep relationships, like a starving man seeks food. But unless we understand loneliness, we will seek relationships in the wrong way. We will try to numb the pain or to distract ourselves from reality with fake relationships or cheap imitations. And so, loneliness persists. That’s why in this conversation with Jason, we talk about the causes of loneliness and how it can actually lead us to pay closer attention to the most important relationships in our lives.
Who is Jason Gaboury?
Jason Gaboury's life mission is to know God and to live, lead, and serve in a way that others are inspired to know God. He is a member of the Anglican Order of Preachers. And he's served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, leading ministries on campuses in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. He's also served in pioneering efforts with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. Currently, Jason serves as Regional Ministry Director for InterVarsity's work in New York and New Jersey. His latest book, Wait with Me: Meeting God in Loneliness, is an invitation to a deeper relationship with the God in the middle of our loneliness.
You can find out more about Jason's work at jasongaboury.com.
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