Today has been a long day but a good day indeed. You know when your in a ministry you need to be faithful to that ministry. On Saturdays if we are available we go and have what is called Cottage Prayer Meeting with some of the people that are shut-in. We have been doing this faithfully for a while now. Not bragging but you know more could do this if they would. Visiting people is something that I was brought up doing. My mom and dad would go to peoples house and we would sit for hours on someones porch and have just a grand time enjoying the company of one another. Some of my fondest memories is on a porch at a place and with people that are very dear and near to my heart, even today. My husband has fond memories growing up and doing the same thing. Visiting people bring joy to some that may sit for weeks with no company. The only difference in what we do is we minister to them as we visit. MY husband is always telling them about something the Lord has laid on his heart and sharing it with them. You will never know what kind of blessing you will get just taking the time to sit and talk with someone.
So today that is just what we did. We went and visited with one of the Elder ladies in our church. She has been a comfort and a blessing to me in our women's group and she has been a blessing to me in the church. My husband and I both look up to her. What a godly woman she is. She is one of the Saints of Old as some churches call them. Shes not afraid to testify, or to shout when the Lord moves her. She is also a widow. And what does the Bible tell of Widows?
What is a widow got to do with it, you may ask?
Well let me enlighten you. There is several passages in the bible that tells of what we are supposed to do for widows. Take for instance this verse in
1 Timothy 5:3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.
And this one in
JAMES 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
So you see, what are we to do? We are to honour our widows and we are to visit them.
How can we honour them?
God is concerned for their needs and wants us to make sure that they are provided for. He wants us to make sure they are treated well and that we have a heart for them. Paul felt it was so important that he addresses this issue with the church. The church should help with the material and financial aspects of caring for a widow, especially those that have no other means of support. You can read more about this in 1 Timothy 5 and see what Paul said was the qualifications.
How hard is it to go and knock on a widows door and offer her/him some company? It's not that hard. I am sure that they would get a blessing from it, but you will probably get the bigger blessing.
So people, it's important for us to get out and visit, and to honour our widows. Show them love, show them kindness, show them that they are not alone in the world. Do it because you do care. Not just because its what is required. I promise and I can't stress this enough, God will give you a blessing if you do. Also remember one day you just might be in their shoes, and need a friendly face and encouraging words to make it through another day.
May this be a blessing to you, and give you encouragement to get out there and visit someone today and minister to them.
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