Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry. 2 Timothy 4:11
There is a critical distinction betweenaloneandlonely. Alone signifies a number—a single person by himself. But lonely suggests an emotional status—sorrow at either being alone or feeling alone. It is possible to be alone, yet not lonely; and lonely even when not alone.
In the fourth chapter of Second Timothy we find Paul’s written account as he faced his martyrdom for Christ. Tradition says he was incarcerated in the Mamertine Prison in Rome where prisoners awaited a hearing or execution or both. Paul was alone except for the faithful Luke, and he hoped Mark would be able to visit him. While nearly alone, there is no indication Paul was lonely. He knew his time on earth was short, but he knew Christ was with…
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