- The childless woman.
- The broken woman.
- Society frowned upon her and others like her.
- Others had a misconceived perception of her.
Read 1 Samuel 1:9-16
Though Hannah was married. This blog post is going to take this a step further: This is where many fall- the singles and childless in our society. The single and childless are the ones our society misses out on. At times, they are the ignored, partially (or completely) broken that others don’t see, and have the opportunity to shine more for Jesus!
I am aware of the increasing difficulty to join others in their life events of all sorts. Whether it is a newborn baby, wedding, holidays, etc. God gave us emotions to use and not neglect. Hence, this blog post. I think it is an important topic to consider.
The single and childless are the uncelebrated groups in our society.
Instead of treasuring these, they can be treated as those their “status” is a curse- whether it is intentionally or not. They can be treated as those their experiences aren’t validate or valued in comparison to others- whether we mean to or not. Maybe, we have forgotten how it feels to be in that awkward season while everyone you know is married or a parent. Where it can literally feel like you are the one and only single or childless woman on the planet. We can’t forget that these need love and ministering to also. Their lives aren’t easier than ours. Their lives are just organized differently with their own battle.
Singles and those who are childless, can be the ignored.
Their feelings may not be taken into consideration.
They can easily be forgotten.
We celebrate those in relationships.
We celebrate the newly married.
We celebrate the long-time married.
We celebrate those who are going to be parents.
We celebrate parents, whether young or old.
An single and childless individual just may be doing life in a way that honors God! In our momentary struggles and how others respond to our “status” (intentional or not), it’s fairly easy to forget that we are honoring God, by holding to our convictions! We aren’t getting things wrong, or skipping a step. We aren’t missing our God-given purpose. Entering this place for the singles and childless, this is huge.
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor…” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)
This Scripture says a lot about how we live our lives. “For this is the will of God”. Sanctification. Let’s honor God in all we say and do.
I am not advocating not celebrating others or their families.
Just that we don’t neglect celebrating these who find themselves either single or childless.
We need to treasure them.
We need to treasure their obedience to God.
We need to treasure their life’s season.
We need to encourage them, as they seek to honor God.