Widowhood isn’t easy.
Hearts experience emptiness.
People treat you differently because they don’t know what to say or do.
You are forced into a “club” you didn’t ask to join.
There are financial issues in many cases.
For older widows, there is the problem of taking care of the house and yard.
Life just simply takes on a new dynamic.
Yet, as American widows, we are so blessed.
Even those left without much in the material sense.
Although it may, in some cases, be minimal, our government does assist where needed.
That’s not the case in many places around the world.
Take India, for example.
Because of forced marriages, widows can be mere children;
as young as 4 years old!!!!
Widows are considered bad luck,
so their families refuse to care for them.
They are not allowed to remarry.
They are left alone.
Totally alone to figure out some way to exist;
to find enough food to simply survive.
It hasn’t been that long ago since widows would be burned on their spouses grave.
Death was considered better than what their life would be.
The young widows, in many instances, have to prostitute themselves to feed themselves and their children.
Forced into an arranged marriage.
Left without a spouse.
No family to care for you.
Selling yourself just to eat.
Doing whatever is necessary to survive.
It is more than we can even begin to imagine.
But it is real.
As I sit in my nice home, knowing there is more than enough to eat,
I am humbled by what I’ve learned this weekend.
It is so easy to grumble when we don’t like our situation, isn’t it?
It is so easy to become self-absorbed and to ignore what others are experiencing.
No matter how bad we may think things are in our lives,
if we will just take the time to look around,
we will gain a new perspective.
There is so much evil in this world.
God hates evil!
He wants us to hate evil
He wants us to join Him in eradicating evil from our world.
“This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father,
to visit orphans and widows in their distress,
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
Can we continue to look away?
Is that what Jesus would do?
I know we can’t “fix” every problem in the great big world,
but we can make a difference in 1 life.
If each of us took action,
think of the changes we could see.
Ask God to show you how you can help.
She Is Safe is a Christian-based ministry with the mission to rescue and
restore women and girls from all kinds of abusive situations.
They don’t specifically work with widows,
but through education,
change will eventually come for them.
There are also other ministries that you may want to search out.
But let’s do something!
Lots of love, Sharon