No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. 1 Timothy 5:9-10
In this wonderful section of his letter to Timothy, Paul explains how to interact in the life of the church with widows in particular. He says that the first responsibility to care for a widow is her family, then friends, and finally, the church elders. Then the qualities are given that qualify a widow to be included. Its fascinating that these people can serve such a wonderful role in the church, by praying, good deeds, hospitality, ministering to others and helping anyone in trouble.
Has God placed any widows in my life? Yes. What is our relationship and their situation? Am I supporting them and their needs and are they fulfilling their unique calling in this season of life?
God, I thank you in particular for Pat and her ministry to other widows. I am grateful for the few widows who have no family or friends, yet in this season, the church can support them. Help every widow realize she has value and great purpose if she will discover it in Christ and while serving in the church.