Now when they came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her he had compassion on her and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, arise. And he that was dead sat up and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all, and they glorified God saying that a great prophet is risen among us, and that hath visited his people.” Luke 11:12-16
Scripture records many instances where the Prophets, our Lord Jesus, and the early church ministered to single parent families. Should our response to them be judgment and condemnation, because either sin or circumstance has brought them to a place of brokenness, grief, and poverty? Or should we offer the healing and saving mercy of Jesus Christ, whose compassion for a single mother caused Him to raise her son from the dead? The church is too often indifferent or hostile to the needs of single parents, who thus feel out of place and unwelcome.
We have noticed how frequently FIA ministry serves single moms. This past weekend Mark and I were blessed to visit Lakeisha, her daughter, and baby Gabriel, whose response to the bed we brought him to sleep in was, “for me? For me?” During Mark’s prayer for this family, Lakeisha was moved to tears and shared with us how it’s hard sometimes for a single woman to be responsible for a home, children, and finances. It was not lost on us that Lakeisha’s son Gabriel is named after the archangel who is described in the Gospel of Luke as being God’s messenger announcing the birth of John the Baptist, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Gabriel means “the strength of God.”
We were so blessed to help Lakeisha know that she is not alone, that “the strength of God” is with her, always.