For years I kept it going and growing. My late husband’s heart was to minister to widows on the day that is wrought with emotion and longing…the day that would eventually be the hardest day of the year for the wife he would leave behind.
People and churches caught the vision and carried on the banquets. My heart rejoiced as I saw them continue to comfort and encourage the ones God says are close to His heart – the widows.
On June 24, 2017, I laid aside the garment of widowhood and put on a wedding dress. I solemnly pledged to follow another heart… a heart that also cares for the widows and orphans. This heart was already committed to serve God in the Philippines and asked me to go back with him. I said, “Yes!”
This Valentine’s Day I will do up my hair, put on the lovely blue bracelet the man bought me, and take his arm to a “Hearts Day” celebration half a globe away. I will look in his eyes and smile as my heart fills with thanksgiving to God for both the legacy of the past and the promise of the future.
To my widow friends: Thank you for being my cheerleaders as I faced the unknown of leaving behind the sorrow of widowhood to become a wife again. I will be thinking of you this Valentine’s Day and praying God fills your lives with the comfort and joy that only Jesus by His Spirit can bring. I pray all of you continue to comfort others with the same comfort—be compassionate prayer warriors for all the people God places in your life. May we all finish well the life we have been given!
Psalm 68:5 “A father of the fatherless and a defender of the widows is God in his holy habitation.”
Psalm 146:9 “The Lord preserves the strangers; He raises up the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.”
James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
Verses from JUB version