Pat McMahon, a talk-show host in Phoenix, once interviewed Mother Teresa for his program. He was so impressed with her that afterward he told her that he wanted to do something for her. “I’d just like to help you in some way,” he said.

She said to him, “Tomorrow morning get up at 4:00 a.m. and go out onto the streets of Phoenix. Find someone who lives there and believes that he’s alone, and convince him he’s not.”

I believe in the type of ministry Mother Teresa talks about here. But we must also remember that you don’t have to venture into the inner-city during the wee hours to find those who believe they are alone.

You see them everyday. You sat with some yesterday in worship. You’ll work with some in the office today. You’ll see them in the shops and pass them on the streets. Some even live in your neighborhood.

The world is full of people who believe they are alone, living empty and isolated lives. It is up to you and me to make a difference.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

Think of what might happen if you sent a simple message today to everyone you meet: You are not alone. I’m here with you.