“The church should care for any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God very much.” 1 Timothy 5:3, 4 (NLT)
This past year has been a very difficult year for our family. It has been a year of multiple changes in our lives to say the least! My widowed mother-in-law passed away in December after a 3 year battle with Alzheimer’s; my step-father passed away in May of this year after a battle with kidney failure; and my family and I packed up and moved cross country to start a new chapter in our lives in Pennsylvania.
Part of our decision to move across country was the above scripture verses and God’s leading. Last year, realizing that my mother would be a widow in the near future had made me ponder upon my responsibility to my mother. At the same time I also desired to be closer to my family after 33 years of living far away from my family. This would require my husband to leave his steady employment and ministry in a very tumultuous economy to say the least. How could I ask my husband to do that?