Friday – September 13, 2013; Genesis 8:1-5

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters gradually receded from the earth. At the end of one hundred fifty days the waters had abated; 4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  The waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared.

Life can sometimes become stormy.  As single parents we face many challenges, and often have to make our way through rough weather.  Many of us are faced with financial issues, and family turmoil, from struggles with our kids’ “other family’”, conflict with the other parent, trying to do too much with too little time and energy, to the struggles all parents face as they walk with their children towards adulthood.

There can even be times when it can feel that we have been set adrift, and are all alone, but that is when we need to have faith more than ever, faith that God has not forgotten us, and that we are never far from the grace of God!

However, it is always good to remember that above any storm clouds, the Sun still shines…

Last year, when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, communities, homes and lives along the shore were devastated.  Further inland, there were people who suffered little property damage but had to live for weeks without power, and food spoiled while the weather became cooler.  However, an amazing thing happened, rather than lose hope, people came together to help each other.  At the shore they helped each other to clean up and rebuild, and restore the shore,

Inland, those who had generators helped people save their food, neighbors helped to clear fallen limbs, and those with hot water offered showers and the opportunity to wash clothes and dishes.

People reached out to help each other to survive the storm and it’s aftermath…and through this help, those in need were reminded that they were not alone, and that God did not cause their pain, but was with them, through the kindness of others.

So it is with us…while we can sometimes feel alone and misunderstood as we struggle with the challenges of being a single parent, we are not alone.  No matter what the storm, there is someone else who has already navigated similar waters. When these people share their experience with us, and show us understanding and compassion, we can be given the hope and support that can help us to see our way through to the sunshine, and new lands as the waters of struggle recede.

Let us Pray

God, thank you for seeing us through the storms of life, and for the knowledge that the Sun is always shining where you are…and thank you and were you are is with us.  Please help us to keep hope and to be open to reaching out to those who have already navigated the waters of single parenting, and can offer us support and direction as we seek to do the best for our children.

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