The Reverend Cavman has raised a VERY Important point on Ministry, rightly pointing out that ‘Widows are among the Most vulnerable members of society.’
It should be Surprising and Saddening that We need ‘books’ calling out attention to this. (That ‘seminary’ studies do not speak on this is a goodly reason).
We also have to keep in mind that the state and position of the Widow in India is a MOST Deplorable one.
She loses the Most Precious person in her life, but is often times Blamed for his very death; is looked down upon, separated from society, marked by having to wear Whites, etc.
Both images from Internet.
All People of Good will have to come forward to put right these situations.
James notes something quite important about the effects of faith:
27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.James 1
James is merely applying the message of the Old Covenant to the church. These priorities are there. Protestants have typically focused on the last of these, sanctification. In the 19th century a number of orphanages were built by leading figures like Charles Spurgeon and George Mueller. In recent days we’ve seen the focus on adoption arise, in part because of this verse.
But what about widows? We haven’t focused on that very much which is to our detriment in my opinion. Though I’ve been a pastor since 1998 and a number of congregants have become widows in that time, I surely haven’t cared for them as well as I…
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