Humbly acknowledging the people in our lives who support and encourage us, readily step up to help in times of stress or emergency and take time to participate in life with us is critical. It’s vital to recognize these friends and family in our lives. They enrich our journey in all the most important ways. This support helps us flourish even in the sad and difficult seasons of life.
November is the gateway to what many people consider the most wonderful time of the year. It is a time when families come together to share traditions and memories, and experience new and treasured times that will become new memories to share in the future.
This reality can make this season very confusing and emotional after the loss of our husband. He was at the center of the traditions and celebrations. Remembering him amid all the triggers of the season can be a mix of painful and wonderful. Tears come from both joy and sorrow. Emotions are more difficult to control. Our hearts are filled to overflowing.
Prayerfully you will have the right kind of people around you to support you through this time. Sadly, many widows feel alone and abandoned with their husband gone. Friendships change when you’re no longer a couple. Family members may be dealing with their own journey through grief and seem distant or changed.
Life as we knew it is gone. We stumble like a blind person trying to find some thread of the old familiar. We are building a whole new life.
How do we navigate this new path? It’s difficult for everyone. It’s different for everyone. Widows with great support will more easily adapt and likely face less troubles and experience a greater level of joy through the holidays. Widows who don’t have a stable support system are at risk of depression, physical illness, withdrawal from society, or worse.
Embracing an attitude of gratitude is something we can control. A grateful heart brings wonderful benefits. Gratitude fosters feelings and emotions that improve both physical and mental health. Counting your blessings will help you sleep better, improve self-esteem, and improve your ability to empathize with others.
This is why God tells us in the Bible to maintain a thankful attitude. He wants us to reap the rewards that promote health and happiness. We can give our cares and worries to God to handle and thank Him for His faithfulness to take care of them.
Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there, for He always tenderly cares for you. 1 Peter 5: 7
It is my sincere prayer you will find peace and blessing in the coming holidays. As Thanksgiving draws near, consider all the blessings you can be thankful for. It’s all right to miss your husband. Grief will likely stick its nose in your gatherings and your alone time. Shew it away by adding new balance with a heart full of thanks. Happy Thanksgiving.
Looking for a way you can make a difference and give back this holiday season? Embrace the spirit of giving by participating in Hope for Widows Foundation’s third annual ‘Bring Hope’ virtual program that directly assists a widow’s family who cannot provide gifts for their children or other necessities during this holiday season. Some widows who are struggling to make ends meet during this time simply do not have the luxury of purchasing gifts when their finances require them to choose between keeping the lights on and food on the table or purchasing presents. Add in the factors of solo parenting, grief, and the emotional and physical toll it takes. If you would like more details on how you can support a widow and her family, please EMAIL US directly for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or to sponsor, go here for details and to fill out the application: https://linktr.ee/hopeforwidows