It’s here…the week that many widows and other single women (and men, for that matter) dread. The week of love, candy hearts, romantic dinners, bouquets of flowers, love letters, cards, and attention. Valentine’s week.
For this young widow, I never really expected this first Valentine’s Day without my Chris to be that difficult. I thought it might be a little sad, but for some odd reason, I wasn’t planning on it being one of the holidays that I thought would sideswipe me with painful grief. I was wrong. It has. And, it’s not even here yet. My precious Valentine is in Heaven, and I can’t be with him this year. And, you know what? It really stinks. How’s that for poetic honesty?
However, I’m not alone. There are widows all over this country that will not be celebrating with their loved one but rather remembering their precious Valentine now in Heaven with my Chris. This week, I’ve chosen to honor the memory of several of these men. I’ve asked a few of my widow friends to write a post sharing about their beloved husbands – now in the arms of Jesus. This website is just one place this week they have to honor their true loves – the men they cherish and miss dearly. I wanted to give these ladies a chance to share with those in my little blog community how love looks from a widow’s perspective. And…we widows know how to love deeply…perhaps more than we ever thought possible, especially now.
Beginning tomorrow (Monday), I invite you to stop in each day this week and read about these precious guys and share a little blog love with their sweet gals left here without them for a little while longer.
And…I also invite you to remember widows (and other lonely women – single, divorced, separated – for that matter) in your own circle of influence this week – especially Tuesday. Give them a hug, maybe surprise them with a plant or send them some flowers at home or work. How about a surprise on their desk at work or their doorstep? Maybe a card in the mail just to say you care? How about a phone call to let them know they are loved? The possibilities are endless, but the tangible love you might choose to share with a grieving widow this week will not be forgotten. And…our Father in Heaven will bless you for blessing those that He’s commanded us to bless in His Word.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ~James 1:27