Thursday – October 1, 2014; Psalm 28:7
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
God is gracious…our strength and shield in any time of trouble…and in this promise of support there is hope for us all…regardless of what challenge we are facing as a single parent.
No matter what we are called to deal with as single parents (or in other parts of our lives for that matter) it is through Christ that God promises to be our shield and our support and will never leave us alone!
As Christians we know this to be true, and know that this is a reason to put aside our fears and our doubts and have faith in God’s presence in the world, through each of us…as we are called to be the Body of Christ in the world!
So no matter what the trouble or challenge, if we truly have faith we will persevere with a song of praise on our lips, and a thankful heart…right? Well, that sounds good, but this is not always the case as we are human and often fall short on one crucial point: trust!
Sometimes it can be hard for us to trust…
Many of us who are single parents have had our trust broken by someone we cared for, loved and counted on. Some of us have also had trust issues with our own parents and siblings, as well as with our children! As they grow up there are times when our children can be kind and loving one moment, and deceitful the next; everything from lying about eating cookies before dinner when they are young children, to where they were and what they were really doing that caused a visit with local law enforcement.
Once trust is broken, it can be hard to mend…like when one of my favorite mugs got broken, and I tried to fix it, but even though I got all the parts to fit together correctly, it was never the same, and had to be used as a pen and pencil holder from then on.
Even our trust in God can be broken…sometimes all it takes is a few disappointments: things that do not go our way, or times when a run of ‘bad luck’ can cause us to feel as if God has stopped paying attention.
Our trust in God can also be broken as a result of what happened to cause us to become single parents, or from the pain that our children can put us through when they go off track in their own lives, a financial or medical calamity, or as simple as feeling like we got the short-end of the stick in life in having to sacrifice many of our old hopes and dreams for the well-being of our children.
This lack of trust can even cause us to question our faith…
But this is not necessarily a bad thing, as it is a good thing to re-examine our faith at times, to refresh, reform and renew our beliefs…as they can change throughout our lives, due to the experiences we have had, and the personal growth we have achieved…often through our struggles.
However, knowing that our trials can help us to improve ourselves as people and as parents does not help us when we are in the midst of troubles, and may feel as if God no longer has our back; but there is good news: although we may sometimes lose trust in God, He never loses trust in us! Even when our faith falters, God continues to love and care for us, just as we love and care for our children when they have broken our trust, or feel as if we have broken theirs!
This is a reason to rejoice and give thanks: that we can never lose God’s love and presence in our lives, and this love is our shield against the harsher blows of life, and gives us the strength to not only face the challenges of single parenting, but to learn from them…so that we can become better parents, and better people, a true example of faith in action!
Let us Pray:
God, thank you for being our strength and shield, especially when our trust in you has faltered, and we question our faith. Help us to take advantage of these times by renewing our faith, by opening our hearts to your grace…by letting go and letting your will be done. Let us learn to trust you and others once more so that we can gain from this trust and find the strength and wisdom we need to face the challenges of parenting, and life…and to know that we do not face these things alone, but surrounded by your love.