The Hebrew word for widow is “almanah”. One of the root words, alman, describes this person as forsaken.
There are 250 million widows around the world. Many are victims of property theft, social isolation, physical and psychological abuse. (Loomba Foundation, 2014) Even in developed nations many widows feel abandoned and forsaken by their communities. No longer connected with their social network or even to family members, they feel like no one understands. Their loss coupled with isolation results in devastating loneliness.
But the LORD says, “I will never leave you or forsake you!” The LORD is your Helper, sister. Don’t be afraid. (Deut 31:6, Psalm 118:6, Hebrews 13:5b-6)
GOD says to you, “Fear not, for you will not be put to shame; and do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; … the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your husband is your Maker, whose name is the LORD of angel armies…” (Isaiah 54:4-5)
Those who know His name, put their trust in Him. “For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:10)
Cast all your cares on Him. The King of the universe cares for you!
You are His Beloved!
Copyright 2015, Shari Meisel, Unpublished Work