Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
God is our Rock, the one we can count on no matter what, even when others fail us…
Do you see a theme for this week yet? These reflections have looked at the power of God’s steadfast love and support in our lives and in our world. It is a good theme for any week, and for any parent; as there are times when life can seem just a bit overwhelming…especially as single parents! Here is where another of this week’s themes comes into play: prayer!
Whenever we are feeling just a bit overwhelmed, confused, or frustrated we can stop and say a prayer; whenever we may feel like we are truly on our own with no help to be found, we can say a prayer! Prayer works wonders, as it can give us a moment of true peace, and help us to calm down, to re-focus and to refresh! Reaching out to God in prayer can give us support and hope when it may feel as if there is no hope to be found.
Prayer can remind us that feelings are not facts, that although we may sometimes feel alone that we are never alone, especially when raising our children…God is always with us, and we have support from our faith and from many of the people in our lives, who are want to help us…these people can may in fact be the answer to our prayers for help and support; just as we can be the answer to the prayers of others, including our children! When they ask for help and support, we can be available to them, to join them in prayer and praise, and also to share our experience strength and hope with those who can benefit from our successes and learn from our failures; and most of all, it always helps for us to know that we are never, ever left alone.
Through prayer and fellowship we are always connected with God, especially when God seems very far away; and this connection can give us the strength we need to face any challenges that single parenting can present to us, and help us to be better parents, and better models for our children to follow…and despite appearances to the contrary, they do pay attention to what we do.
Let us Pray
God, thank you that you are always available to us through prayer. Help us to remember that prayer can be an oasis of calm, and of sanity, in the midst of a hectic and crazy day. Let us share the peace and support we find in prayer with others, including our children. Help us to be an example of faith to all we come into contact with during our day.