Issue 38nov/dec 2005
Loneliness is one of the cruellest things that anyone can suffer. The absence of touch, the lack of laughter, a shared smile, or mutual tears, the absence of companionship and intimacy, all are potentially crippling. People deserve and require intimacy, it is an inherent part of our make-up as humans; it is a connecting thread in the weave of our existence, and it is a tragic commentary on our times that so many find it unavailable. For many who are single they confront these and other issues daily. The church, which many look to as ‘family' and hence engenders expectations of warmth, inclusiveness and community, often only highlights the issues and appears to compound the fact that Society at large doesn't seem that comfortable with or embracing of singleness either.
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