What an awesome feeling when we get the opportunity to make a difference in the life of another person. There are numerous chances every day for us to minister and love our neighbor. Still, sometimes we miss these or are simply not aware of them.
Widows are a fast-growing segment of the population in the United States. These women, of all ages, are in our churches, our neighborhoods and more importantly, in many of our own families. Their journey is very personal but their need for community, relationships and connection is important and usually magnified the first year after the loss of their husband! The challenges they face are both emotional and practical. Every day, we have the opportunity to serve them in a real and tangible way.
In James 1:27 we are encouraged to “visit widows in their affliction”. Cutting their grass, fixing a leaky toilet or spending an afternoon visiting are some practical ways of helping a widow in your life feel the love and embrace of Jesus!
Pray with me,
Many of us have mothers, relatives, friends who have lost their husbands. As we think of them today, we remember your comforting words in Psalm 68:5, where you tell us that you are a “father of the fatherless and protector of the widows”. Use us, Lord, to share these words when necessary and help these women embrace and find relief in this Truth!
Jesus, in your Word, your Church is referred to as one body and your followers as brothers and sisters. Let the way we share each other’s burdens be a reflection of this truth! Thank you for the privilege of being used as your vessels and the opportunity to have others feel your love through us. Thank you for your willingness to use our words and deeds to bless others and in the process, bring You glory.
Lord, make us sensitive to your Spirit. Help us identify widows in our circles, be sensitive to their needs, and use our gifts and resources to help them. Help us see them with your eyes of compassion and give us wisdom as we learn to be better listeners, companions and friends.
In the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen