I am not sure how something this tragic happens but it never should have been. We were created to be in community. Unfortunately, our own predicament of sin has destroyed the communal nature of our creation. Nevertheless, God is redeeming us back into a communal relationship with him and each other. Tragically, there are still people who must suffer alone.
I don’t want to leave this world alone. I am reminded of the line from Elvis Presley’s song Where No One Stands Alone, “…But I don’t know a thing in this whole wide world that’s worse than being alone…”
May we always be people who are drawn into community, learn to live as community, and welcome others – even the stranger – to the community.