What Does It Mean to Be a Widow?
Psalm 68:5 KJV
A father of the fatherless, and a judge (defender) of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
Most of you that read this devotion will not understand the position of the widow. The purpose in writing about the widow is to plead for her and try to explain the tremendous loss and overwhelming feelings of grief that accompany the reality of death. Scripture says, “A judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.” The word judge means, “defender and advocate.” Here, in His holy habitation, God is her support, guardian, Lord, master, teacher, advisor and counselor. What comfort that brings to the widow in her need of solace.
Numbness is a word many widows would use to explain the aftermath of shock in the passing of life. Some may ask themselves, “Did this really happen or am I dreaming?” “What just happened? Am I going to be all right? What will I do now?” The immense feeling of loss begins to take hold and then unexpectedly, everything seems to appear in part. Where you use to go to church together you now find yourself traveling to church alone. Bedtime is hard now because you use to share the events of the day together and maybe even laugh a little. Now, there’s no one on his side–––all is still.
If you know a widow, please call her, spend time with her, and allow her to cry with you. It does take some time to go through the grieving process of death, so be patient with her. My Lord was so wonderful to me during this difficult time of my life. He walked me through the valley of the shadow of death and prepared for me a table in the wilderness where my cup was running over. I lingered in the book of Psalm for over a year and through that journey He comforted my soul and He changed my life forever.
Lord, I thank You for Your comfort during my time in the valley.