by Chaplain John Bosch, Director of Pastoral Care

When God created Adam, he concluded, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper.” Indeed, before creating Adam, God consulted with His Son and the Holy Spirit and said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.”

God has revealed Himself in His Word as a triune God – always communing as the Three-in-One God. This is the God in whose image we are created! We were never created to be alone, since God was never alone.

It is very interesting to read Hebrews 10:19-25. After telling us about the great privilege we have to dwell in the very presence of God by faith in Jesus Christ, the writer goes on to exhort us not to forsake the gathering of ourselves together so that we can encourage each other.

Yes, even when we are with the Lord we are still created for human companionship. Those who have lost a spouse of loved one are keenly aware of this fact. Even with faith and a good relationship with their Savior, they certainly miss their loved one deeply and appreciate those who seek to comfort them in their loss.

At the Holland Christian Home, our pastoral care team seeks to visit as many residents as possible – an average of 66 visits per week, plus visits from volunteer chaplains. We also seek to connect with families, especially when a loved one is called home to Glory.

I am always impressed at the time of a funeral how extensive the support is from family and friends. It is a reminder of the deeper bond of faith we have here in the Home that includes many in the greater community. It warms my heart to see a Chapel filled with residents, friends and family celebrating the life of a loved one. And when we go to be with our Lord ourselves, we too will eternally enjoy the great company of angels and saints above.

Indeed, it is not good for us to be alone, and we never will be, praise the Lord!

The Holland Christian Home’s Pastoral Care team seeks to care for the hearts and souls of all residents and families in our community. If you are a resident or family member, you can reach the Pastoral Care office at or (973) 427-4087 ext. 613.