Tuesday – August 27, 2013; Psalm 10: 17-18

O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more.

As great as God is, God is also just and fair and cares for us all like a perfect parent.  Sadly, our world is filled with imperfection, and  humanity is not always a beacon justice and fairness; therefore, things do not always work out the way we feel they should.

Some may feel that it is not fair that we have become single parents, and wish that things could be different: that our relationships had worked out better, that substance abuse/alcoholism, illness or accidents did not exist, that loss did not happen.  That our children deserve both parents in their lives full-time, and that it is unfair that life did not turn out that way.

Instead we are single parents, and carry much of the responsibility of raising our children on our own shoulders.

In some cases, we may see those who we feel should be helping us to carry this responsibility off on their own, living their lives seemingly free and clear of any burdens, or simply not caring, and we can get resentful; and this may leave us wondering about God’s fairness and justice.

In these cases, it is important to keep focus on ourselves and our children, and to remember the great gift we have been given, in being single parents, able to raise our children and bond with them as other parents may never be able to.

Being a single parent can be a lot of work, but it is good work, and pays off in so many ways, giving us the opportunity to be a part of our kids‘ lives, playing with them, sharing joys and happiness, and developing a closeness that may not have happened otherwise!

God is just and fair, as well as great, and gives us the support and strength we need to face all the challenges of single parenting.  God gives us the love we need to be good parents, by enveloping us in Grace, and by surrounding us with good people in our lives who care for us and our children, and keep us in a good path in our parenting.

Let us Pray:

God, thank you for your justice and love.  Please help us not to compare our insides to the outsides of others, but to be grateful for the opportunity to be single parents, and to form a strong bond with our children.  Thank you for those who walk with us in our journey as single parents, and for the opportunity to share our struggles with others, so that the way becomes easier for all of us.

Amen

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