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Friday, August 19, 2016

John 16:21 (Pt. 5)  Thought/Prayer:  How Do we Serve a Weeping Family? Topics:  2 at end.

“A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn’t remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is born into the world.”  (WEB)  Read this scripture and more at

Psalm 30:5 “For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”  (AKJV)

There may be much weeping over a pregnancy that was unplanned, unwanted, or caused via crime.  It may endure for a night, and that night may be long and difficult.  The “nighttimes” of our lives can be without light or hope.  To someone who cannot really afford another child in the family, the night of a pregnancy can go on the entire time of gestation.  There may be many tears all along, as hope seems far-removed.

Those of us who have not experienced this cannot totally understand this anguish of weeping.  We should not pretend to.  But we should be willing to uphold such families with possible moral support or financial assistance, and our prayers.

Well, just pray about it and that’s enough, we may say.  And it may be enough.  We don’t know people going through this difficult night; or we don’t know how to talk to someone in the midst.  So, if we just say we will pray, is it just an excuse not to take some tangible action? 

We must not fall into this trap.  To say that prayers is just a second-choice offering would be wrong.  Not that we should not give financial assistance or counsel if we are able.  We may be led to do these things.  But to dismiss prayer as not as important?  It’s a mistake.  The undergirding of prayer may be what makes the other efforts go.  Don’t discount it; and do not judge those who only pray.  They may be working very hard at it.

Humanly speaking, it’s easy to assess only what we physically witness.  And with prayer, we just don’t know the effects many times.  But pray we must.

Lord, help us to not grow weary in praying.  Help us to commit to it, especially for families weeping over a pregnancy.  Help us to do what you call us to; and help us not judge what you have called others into.

Topics:  Pray for wisdom as to ministry to families going through extremely difficult times with a pregnancy.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 08/19 at 02:45 PM
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