Have you ever thought about that? Single moms are raising their children without the dad present. Many wish their children’s dad was back in their lives. Others do not. And while dads definitely need to be celebrated, Father’s Day can be salt in a wound for single moms!
Seeing other men stepping up and caring for their families can be bittersweet. You’re happy for others, but…It can be a reminder of a trust broken, a lost love, a lie believed. Perhaps dad is gone because of an illness or an accident ending in death. Father’s Day can intensify that loss. At Hope for Single Moms, we share God’s promise found in Hebrews 13:5: “He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
In an ever-changing world, this is something we can all hold on to. We all desire love. God is love. We tend to worry about the future, about paying the bills, about our children. Philippians 4:19 tells us, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His glorious riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
God often chooses to care for people through other people. One goal we have at Hope for Single Moms is to share God’s unconditional love with our clients and our volunteers. We can extend grace to others because He has given us His grace, for which we are forever grateful.
God has given mothers such a heart for their children. We might talk about the pain of childbirth. But I believe the pain of childbirth is realty a mom’s heart ache for her children forever. No matter what the difficult circumstances are and no matter what their age, moms want to make it better or make it go away. For single moms on Father’s Day, it can be an aching desire for her children to have a dad to provide, to play with, like other children.
So, on Father’s Day, as we remember our fathers, grandfathers and significant men in our lives, let’s also remember to pray for the fatherless. If your church has a single mom support group, consider having family events that include men from the church who can interact with the children in a positive way. If you don’t have a support group, let us help you set one up. Go to church resources