Every Tuesday Kat Myrman offers a photo to inspire us to write a story or poem using 140 characters or less, hence the name “Twittering Tales.” The photo prompt I used brought thoughts of brokenness, primarily of broken families.After working on it for awhile I discovered I had used last week’s prompt! I decided to post it anyway, because it stirred some other thoughts which I share at the end.
Tired of his shallow, twisted excuses, she became angry.
Hurling the goblet to the floor she screamed,
“Go! I never want to see you again!”
Broken but Determined
Like this broken glass
A marriage had been shattered
He chose another
Not to be kept down
She worked hard for their children
Filling in the gaps
Broken Relationships and Single Parenting
When divorce happens, many adjustments need to be made. It’s a hard road to walk. The hurt and sadness don’t just go away. Sometimes relationships are restored, but other times God has something else in mind. Even so, it doesn’t take away the fact that lives are altered in ways they never imagined. Things will never be the same.
One parent is often left with most of the responsibility and not much free time at all. This reminds me, too, of single parents whose spouses have died. They also need a lot of encouragement. I’m sure they appreciate it when someone shows interest and offers help.
It’s hard enough being a parent when both Mom and Dad are involved in the lives of their children. I remember times being very exhausted at night, and I was not the sole provider or caretaker. Think of having all the responsibility of the home, the care of the children and having to hold down a job. It’s not an easy way of life.
My challenge is for us all to look around at the families we know who might be struggling. I want to encourage us to reach out and help others, especially those who are parenting alone. They would not have chosen this but now have to work extra hard. Without judging we need to be available to help those parents who are in the role of single parent.
The following scriptures exhort us to care for and share with others. While the single parent is not mentioned specifically, they would certainly be included. I don’t have a list of things we can do to help, but I’m sure each of us could think of practical things to help lighten another person’s load.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
What about you? Do you have any suggestions of ways to help the single parents we know in our families, neighborhoods and churches?