Almost anyone has felt “alone” at some time or another, but few people have experienced isolation like 15 year old, Davion Navar Henry Only. Born in a jail, Davion has never had a permanent home. But, he has hope.
Only recently walked into St. Mark’s Missionary Baptist Church seeking just one thing, a sense of belonging: a family. "I'll take anyone," he said, according to The Tampa Bay Times . "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."
To say that Only has had a hard life would be an understatement. He never lived with his biological mother. He searched for her, hoping to establish a relationship but was disappointed to find an obituary that indicated that his mother died just weeks before he located her. It would be easy to believe that Only felt insignificant, but not this young man!
Amazingly, Only has maintained hope. His simple plea generated national attention. Case workers received calls from around the country from people of all backgrounds offering Only his first real home. It appears that his novel approach to “marketing for a family” will result in his adoption into a new family.
The result? Although Jesus came to bring us hope and life, people shunned Him, wrongfully accused Him and finally hung Him on the cruel cross of Calvary. Jesus willingly took on this burden so He could pay the price for our wrong doing and offer us salvation! But He didn’t stop there. He arose from the dead and now offers us a place in His family, the church.
You may feel all alone. You may feel misunderstood and rejected. Jesus is willing to lift those burdens from your shoulders and give you a new life. The Apostle Peter explained it this way in I Peter 2:9-10. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
If you long to feel like you belong, your new life can start with a simple prayer: “Dear Jesus, I am sorry for the wrong things I have done. I feel so alone, but I want to accept Your offer of a new beginning. I want to find my place in Your family. I want to live for you. I now make you the Lord and Savior of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
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- Bill Hennessy