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  • Writer's pictureRev. Kathryn Gore

Merry Christmas to Single Mothers

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Excitement fills the air, your heart is filled with joy and the Christmas spirit comes alive. And though it’s a season to rejoice and be merry, many single mothers can feel the weight of Christmas. As we prepare for Christmas Day, the children’s faith increases, the “wish list” becomes bigger and we wonder how are we going to make ends meet? As we see the hope in the eyes of our children, we kick it into gear and all we want to do is fulfill their hearts desire.

This is how the Father feels about us. He wants us to come to Him as little children, filled with hope, looking onto Him to fulfill our hearts desire. He wants to make Himself known to us this Christmas Season.

He sees the struggle day in and day out as we strive to hold everything together. We cannot do it all, but we can call on the help of God to see us through.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

If you’re anything like I was as a single parent, I put my children before my wants and needs, allowing myself to go without to fulfill the desires of their heart.

Single mothers tend to lose themselves as they focus on the everyday needs to survive. They do what it takes to make ends meet, feeling solely responsible for all that is required to keep a family together. As we do this, who is holding us together? God is holding us together.

Isaiah 43:2 New International Version (NIV)

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

I know nothing pleases us more than to see the joy as the children pull their gifts from under the tree on Christmas Day. I know all that we go through for the Christmas season is worth it all just to see a smile on their face but here’s a thought, God wants to bless us just like we want to bless our children.

He wants to bless you beyond their joy. God has a special gift with your name on it. He sees your heart and how you desire more.

It does not have to be the kind of gift that goes under the Christmas tree that you can physically touch. It can be a simple but yet amazing gift from the Father.

So my question to you is what do YOU want for Christmas? Ask the Lord and see what He has in store for you.

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

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