Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Prayer for Widows With Babies & Toddlers

This is the first in a 12-part series of prayers for widows, one each month.

Lord God,
     I pray for widows with babies and young children today. I never knew of such a tragedy before, yet now I now of several, and how my heart goes out to them.
     First, I pray for these young mothers. Please strengthen them through your servants in the church, through their family and through their friends. Make these people sensitive to their needs so they don't have to ask so much. Give them eyes to see, ears to hear and a sensitive spirit in tune with the heart of a widow and her children. Burden them to pick up an extra gallon of milk and package of diapers, burden them to pray for her as they shovel the snow from her driveway, replace the brakes of her car, fill her gas tank or grocery cart.
     And, Lord, your Word says that you gently lead those who have young. (Isaiah  ) so fulfill your promise in this widow's life. Guide her to green pastures where she will find peace. Give her income and wisdom to manage it well. Give her kindness from her employer, kindness from strangers and rest from her worries.
     I also want to pray for her children. May you be a father to the fatherless. Rest your Spirit upon these little ones, that they may grow strong in their convictions and leadership. May they know your holy power and love with great certainty and honor. Give them a love for their mother, protect them from bitterness and selfishness, grant them a heart of gratitude for your generosity and goodness to them.
     Now, Lord, encourage these widows with babies and little ones. Encourage them with your presence. May they each see your fingerprints over all the circumstances of life--not only the miraculous, but also the mundane. May they sense your love and watchcare over them and their babies this very day and everyday.
     In Jesus Name,
     Amen

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11 (NIV)

4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post, I look forward to the 12 part series! As a 31 year old widow of two kids, your posts have immensely blessed and enlightened me on the grace of God at all times...

    Suni

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you for these. My daughter was 6 and my son was 2 months old when my husband died. They are 9 and 2 now. I wish I'd found this site earlier. It has been very comforting.

    ReplyDelete
  3. One of the hardest things for widows with little ones is that it seems like they're the only one---So I'm glad for these comments. You are not alone! And you're in our prayers.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you for the beautiful prayer I'm a recent widow with a 10 month old boy. I miss my husband and don't look forward to the day my son asks where's daddy? And I do feel alone, yet I know that there are others out there that have gone threw this and survived and grew stronger threw their sorrow. Again thank you and may God Bless.

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am not always able to reply but your remarks mean a lot to me and will appear as soon as possible.

Here are some tips for commenting:
Remember to click the Publish button.
Choosing the anonymous identity is easiest if you do not have your own blog.
Using a computer rather than a cell phone seems to work better. Thanks again!