Several ladies told my ninety-nine-year-old mother they were delighted to see her when we recently attended a banquet together. One widowed lady said, I am looking forward to your 100th birthday party. I am going to buy a new dress to wear to it!”

I am sure their kind words encouraged my mom because it took a lot of effort for her to attend when her blood pressure was low and she really didn’t feel up to going out, but she did it anyway.

Just pausing and talking to a friend when I’m not aware of their struggles, blesses them and me. It also gives me direction on how to pray for them. If I am constantly busy, then I won’t have/make the time to stop and chat when I should.

What work does the Lord want me, as a widow, to do for Him? One thing I can do is bless others through kind words. I can listen when they tell me about their surgery, depression, or grief then perhaps follow up with a card and include a special Bible verse that blessed me.

Kind words aren’t always enough. Sometimes I must take some action. If a friend has a need and I have the means to help, instant obedience to God’s prompting brings joy. Whether it’s visiting a new widow, or taking food to a grieving family or someone who has had surgery, I can do it for the Lord’s glory and fulfill 1 Corinthians 10:31”Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”