The main point that I took away from this song is that we cannot just wait for glory to come to us, but that we have to go out into the world and seek opportunity to find glory. Elenor Rigby and father MacKenzie seem to be doing the “right” things in theory, but who is there to share their experience with them? Seeking God’s glory in the people around us, I would say, is one of the most interesting and fun things in God’s creation. Finding evidence of God in other human beings can be very exciting, it’s like catching a glimpse of what is to come in the future when we are with God and that glory is infinite and always present. The problem with the people in this song is that they are all lonely. And by being alone not only are they deprived of love, friends and family, but they are deprived of the joy of seeing this glory of God that can be found in other people.
I think another thing that can make the people in this song lonely is that they are doing things to please God and not really seeing results now. Sometimes we forget to patient and we forget that our rewards for good works on earth are nothing like the rewards that we are going to see in heaven. This is partly why it is so hard sometimes to do good things that we don’t get recognized for. It’s important to remember that it’s all for a greater purpose and that God is always watching and he will never forget the things we do.