“Anyone who neglects to care for family members [specifically widows] in need repudiates the faith. That’s worse than refusing to believe in the first place.” 1 Timothy 5:8
In 1 Timothy 5, Paul makes these suggestions about widows:
• Take care of widows who are destitute
• Family members should take care of them.
• With no family support, sign them up for special ministry, but they must be over sixty and married only once and have a good reputation for serving children, strangers, tired Christians, the hurt and troubled. In return they will receive support from the church.
• No young widows will serve because they will be wanting to find a husband.
In my community (Sun City, AZ) the 2016 statistics show out of 37,500 people 1,114 females are living with no husband present. Because of the average of 73, one can assume most of these are widows. Imagine the churches in this community taking on their care!
I’m grateful no one is dragging me off to work or serve at a church to take care of my needs. I worked for the church for over 20 years and have a small pension, as well as my late husband’s IRA. But if I have to work in the church again, I can’t think of a better place to spend the rest of my life.
Lord, we are grateful that widows are cared for either by their own means, family, or social services. Amen.