Posted by: Terry | July 2, 2011

Alone and in prison

On the Sunday morning sidewalk,
Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.
‘Cos there’s something in a Sunday,
Makes a body feel alone.
And there’s nothin’ short of dyin’,
Half as lonesome as the sound,
On the sleepin’ city sidewalks:
Sunday mornin’ comin’ down.

Walking alone on Sunday morning sidewalks in the city is as lonely as it gets. Kris Kristofferson wrote this after his divorce while feeling the pain of being alone on the loneliest day of the week. Stoned, high on drugs, would at least let him forget the pain, and only dying was more alone than that Sunday morning.

Walk the streets when the crowds are gone and you see those who know loneliness. Look into the faces of  people in crowds and see the distant eyes of those alone though surrounded by people. Watch the couple at the restaurant that never speak to each other through the whole meal. Loneliness is all around.

Loneliness and bondage are the silent entrapments of us all. Prisoners to solitude, prisoners to the bondage of sin and addiction. The real constraints of those behind prison bars is the vice, addiction, compulsive behavior that led to the action that moved society to incarcerate them for the betterment of all. The prison bars are minor compared to the imprisonment of sin.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. (Psalms 68:6 NIV)

What do the lonely long for? They long for the warmth of a family. God says that when we are born again we are adopted into the family of believers. We have the fellowship of the son of God as our brother, God as our Father. No longer outcasts but full members, accepted and loved members, of the family.

God releases the prisoner from the bondage of the addiction, the sin, the weakness that has controlled and ensnared them for so long. Instead of the groans of bondage he gives us a song. The “Song of the soul set free.”

The rebellious live in a sun-scorched land, they miss the love and freedom they so long for, which is so readily available. Nowhere can the lonely and the prisoner find the fellowship and freedom they long for except in Jesus the savior.



  1. Terry, I enjoyed your class yesterday and today and want to say thank you for your blog info. This is one that has touched my heart – isn’t such a blessing the way God introduces His people! Thanks for sharing!

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