Tribute to the Solo Traveler
I know their faces. They are the regular ones. They are the reliable ones. There are many at our church right now who faithfully worship and serve every Sunday in all sorts of ways...alone. They are married to wonderful spouses who, for one reason or another, choose not to attend with them. So they come alone. They do not complain or feel sorry for themselves. They are some of the most reliable workers in the church; men and women. But they attend alone. They have made peace with their solo spiritual journey. They do not bad-mouth or criticize their spouses. They genuinely love and support them as great husbands or wives, but they worship alone. And today, on Easter, I sensed their loneliness and the road they travel.
In every church since 1980 I have known these ones and pay tribute to their faithfulness to their spouses and faithfulness to their churches. As a pastor I want to be a bridge-builder to the unattending spouses and not a barrier maker. Peace to you all!