“The Lord protects foreigners and helps the fatherless and the widow…” (Psalm 146:9)
When my husband died a few years ago, so many people surrounded our family to help us in a lot of ways. We had meals delivered several times a week. Friends drove my kids to practices. People would grocery shop, mow our lawn, clean our house, and do many other errands and tasks to relieve some of the burden for me. What a huge blessing this was for me. God totally provided and took care of our every need. As time passed and our family settled into our “new normal”, we got into a routine. Thankfully, I was able to take care of most of those tasks on my own. For the most part, we are doing well and into our groove. However, there are days when I find myself completely overwhelmed with my kids, life, and all of our emotions. In moments like these I feel so alone. So different from everyone else. So frustrated. So longing for what I had. So envious of others. I even tend to feel so forgotten… But when I read that God helps the fatherless and the widow, I am encouraged. I am not alone, nor am I forgotten. He is faithful and loving and has me and my children in the palm of His hands. When I find myself worrying about how my kids will cope without a father, again I come back to this truth. God specifically mentions the fatherless and the widow. I feel like God will keep an extra watch on us since we are some of His vulnerable children. He will never leave us nor will He forsake us. God’s promises are true. And for that I am so thankful.
Lord, thank You that Your Word provides comfort and peace to me. I praise You for Your unfailing promises. In my greatest times of fear and frustration, I am so grateful that I am reminded of Your love and protection. When I am weak, Lord, You are strong. Thank You for Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ Name, amen.