An answer for loneliness

This is in response to “Lonely people, empty pews” (March). Almost 50 years ago, we lived in a newly established community. [The writer attends Beachburg Mennonite Church, Cobden, Ont., part of the Markham-Waterloo Mennonite Conference, an Old Order group. — Editor] Today there at least 15 congregations in an area where there was one then. As well, people have gone out from that region to northern and eastern Ontario, as well as two neighboring provinces, forming thriving congregations. These people are not lonely, and one of our issues is getting permits to build more meetinghouses because the pews are overflowing. After services, the people visit with friends, neighbors and visitors from the far-flung settlements. After leaving, they visit each other in their homes, staying until it is time to go home for chores. This weekend, we are traveling six hours for visitation for a brother-in-law who passed from cancer. We will meet friends, relatives and strangers from many Mennonite congregations. We won’t stay at hotels or eat at restaurants, and we won’t be lonely.

We don’t expect you to replicate what we have, but you can invite people into your homes for coffee or lunch. When ­everyone reaches out to his neighbor, there is no need for loneliness.

Osiah Horst, Cobden, Ont.

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