When You Don’t Belong

That’s what we widows feel like lots of the time. We are the third wheel, the extra at the dinner table, the one best left at home so as not to upset the applecart.

We usually don’t have much but we give our all. (Mark 12:41-44)

We have more time to pray and we do. (Luke 2:36-38)

Christ’s heart breaks at our grief. (Luke 7:11-15)

We are persistent. (Luke 18:1-3)

We often feel unjustly treated. (Acts 6:1-4)

Our friends are mostly gals just like us. (Acts 9:38-40)

Do you know a widow? Are you related to one? Here is some advice for you…straight from Scripture.

Take care of widows who are destitute. If a widow has family members to take care of her, let them learn that religion begins at their own doorstep and that they should pay back with gratitude some of what they have received. This pleases God immensely.

You can tell a legitimate widow by the way she has put all her hope in God, praying to him constantly for the needs of others as well as her own. But a widow who exploits people’s emotions and pocketbooks—well, there’s nothing to her. Tell these things to the people so that they will do the right thing in their extended family. Anyone who neglects to care for family members in need repudiates the faith.

That’s worse than refusing to believe in the first place. (1 Timothy 5:3-8, MSG)

Prayer- Lord, show us where we can love the folks who don’t feel like they fit in anymore. Amen.

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