Comforting the Widows
You spend decades together as husband and wife working out your differences and adapting to an ever-changing world. The highs. The lows. Financial issues. Raising kids. Taking care of the house. Jobs. Side-by-side you work through it all as a team. You have each other's backs. Then after years of forging out a life together, your loved one is suddenly gone.
The one you have spent your life with is taken from this world and you are left to fend for yourself. Balancing the checkbook. Cooking for one. Eating by yourself. Lonely nights. No one to pray with before you go to sleep. An empty space in the pew next to you at church.
How does a person survive a blow like that and where is God in all of this?
We have an unusually high number of widows and widowers in our congregation at this time and many of them have recently lost their spouse, within the past two years. They are hurting right now, and they need support.
In answer to the question, "Where is God?" He is where He always is; right where we need Him. His love is everlasting. His comfort is always available as is the guidance of His holy Word.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me.
- Psalm 119:50
His ear is continually hearing our prayers. Here is a bigger question. Where is the church? Widows/widowers are we here for you? Are we doing all we can to help you through this cloudy time in your life? Because if we are not, we want to change that right now. Perhaps we need to provide a time and space for you to interact and share what you are dealing with and what is working and what is not. Perhaps a special class or support group would be helpful. We could revive our annual Widows and Widowers Banquet. Let's talk about it. We are your family, and we care.