Tuesday – September 24, 2013; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law—though not being myself under the law—that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law—not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ—that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Bob Dylan said it well: we all have to serve somebody or something in our lives.  Some serve employers, some the military, churches, political ideologies, our nations, and our communities; we also serve our families …some care for elderly parents, and we care for our children as single parents, often making sacrifices to ensure their happiness and wellbeing.

Serving our children can be a mixed blessing, it can be something we both want to do, and something we feel we need to do, sometimes because there is no one else who will do it.

We love our children and cannot imagine life without them…so we dedicated our lives to taking care of them; however, to be honest, there were probably times when we may feel a bit tied down by our responsibilities, and just want to break away…for a little while, but even when we do get away, our kids are never far from our minds and hearts.

We are dedicated, committed and in service to our children…yet we also have to remember to take care of ourselves and feed our own souls, which can be hard to do when we are so busy with work and kids.  However, there is good news!  Just as we are committed to our children through our love, so does God’s love surround us all!

As we offer praises to God, and follow in the path of Christ together, we are strengthened for our journey through life, and energized with faith….faith which can support us in our daily lives as we take care of our children, and show them the true gifts of helping and supporting others: compassion, care, and the sharing of God‘s love with the world!

Let us Pray

God, thank you for our children, and for the gift of being single parents.  Help us to remember to take care of ourselves, through worship and praise of you, and through fellowship with other single parents, and times of joy spent with our children.  Help us to show ourselves the same love and care we show our children, and as you show us.

Amen

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