Today on the Bible Verse of the Day widget in the sidebar of this blog, the following verse came up:
“Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the LORD— and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:4-5
Shortly before all the huge changes in our lives (my husband moving out due to his health issues, selling our home, moving to a new community, starting life as a single mom, etc.), I’d been sitting in church and the pastor was talking about how God can be exactly what we need when we need it. The pastor asked us all to take a few minutes and quietly in our hearts ask God what we needed Him to be for us at that moment.
As I sat there in the silence thinking about all the huge changes looming in our lives, the phrase “a father to the fatherless and a husband to the widow” came clearly to my mind. It was exactly what I needed to know. That God would care for my kids — and for me! — as we negotiated the scary, unknown future we were facing.
It was a comforting reminder of His pressence and His care when I saw that verse pop up on my blog today, especially in light of Father’s Day coming up this weekend. We’ve found that Father’s Day is a particularly difficult day for my kids each year because their dad has repeatedly chosen to NOT spend Father’s Day with his children, even breaking plans with them so he can go out to ball games with friends, etc.
If you think about me or my family this week, could you pray for my children and for Father’s Day? I pray they won’t spend the day crying — actually more like gut-wrenching sobbing — like last year.