Heartbroken for the widows
Monday night, Tim, Willis, the orphanage cook, and I, we went on a walk to visit some widows and share a word of encouragement. Words cannot come close to being able to express how it made me feel. I was speechless in each house we went into. As we walked on the way to their houses, I thought about what I might say, however, once in the house, my mouth could hardly open and I felt broken for these women. Tim shared a word of encouragement with each one and we prayed over them. The most I could manage to get out is that I am praying for you. And at the end of the sentence I was already in tears. These widows are so beautiful. They have been on my mind so much this week. I don’t know what it means but the Bible calls us to care for the orphans and the widows.
Deuteronomy 10:18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.
Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do right, seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Some of their stories are heartbreaking. One in particular that I met, I cannot get off my mind. She cannot get up or walk, she has lost most of her eye sight. She lives alone with her grandchildren and is totally dependent on them. When her grandchildren are at school in the day, they sit her outside. She sits alone all day outside hoping and praying for a visitor to come so that she can reposition or get out of the puddle of urine. She hopes they bring her something to eat, she cannot get up to cook. But I am thankful that she knows the Lord as her savior. And she often sits and sings word of praise. She requested that I share with my family and friends about her so that you all can also join in praying for her.