Widows tend to suffer in silence. Not wanting to be a burden, it is typical for a widow to put on a brave smile. A strange noise in the house that awakens them 2 a.m., keeping her terrified and unable to go back to sleep, is nothing compared to the emotional pain of feeling alone and forgotten. Most widows will not mention that people stop calling after a couple of months. Widows won’t hint that they desperately desire something as simple as a phone call, but when asked directly about it many, with tears in their eyes, will nod.
When my grandmother became a widow, we were all there that day, for the service. Grandma had lived through the depression. She was tough and she’d get over it.
When my co-worker became a widow, we took up a collection and bought a ham. Her husband had been sick and now we figured, she will be free to go and do more things.
When my neighbor became a widow, I didn’t know her well, but I saw some cars at her house and knew that she had some friends. I bought a card, had some of the other neighbors sign it and then dropped it off.
When my mom became a widow, lots of people came to Dad’s celebration of life service. Hugging Mom, several people told her to let them know if she needed anything … so I was sure that she’d be just fine.
When my sister was widowed early, her husband had been such a people person that lots of flowers were sent. Surely some of those friends or someone from the church will check in on her, from time to time.
It is a real possibility that a married woman will become a widow. Every year, in the US 251,000 men become widowers and 600,000 women become widows . Currently there are 100,000 widows and widowers in Oklahoma. If someday, you are widowed, wouldn’t you like to know that there will be someone there for you?
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Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do Right; Seek Justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the Fatherless: plead the cause of the widow.”
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