LESSON 5 2/10/2016
CHALLENGES FAMILIES FACE
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 240, 242
Devotional Reading: Micah 7:5-7
Topic For Adults: Family Built To Survive
Topic For Youths: Lay Lasting Family Foundation
Topic For Intermediates: God’s Grace Is Enough For Your Family’s Problems
Scripture Lesson: Matt. 7:24, 25; 2 Cor. 6:14-16; 1 Cor. 10:13
Memory Verse: Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:16) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Premature Death Of Spouse
Premature death of spouse negates the purpose of marriage especially that of companionship. The spouse is left lonely without a companion to share life’s joy and sorrow with. The case of Naomi was a pathetic one; she lost both her husband and sons. If it is the husband who died prematurely, not only has the widow lost her companion, she is also exposed to abuse. In some cultural settings it is believed that the widow is culpable for the husband’s death. Coupled with the agony of losing a loved one and the loneliness is the challenge of coping economically without the spouse’s support. Premature death renders the children fatherless or motherless, which affects their normal development. They are denied the father-role or mother-role input. If the widow or widower is young, the problem of remarriage creates its own problems too, compounding the already difficult situation. Family going through this experience needs support from the church.
Point of Emphasis: Widows and widowers need committed support from the church to weather the storm of premature death.
Prayer Point: Father, we commit all widows and widowers around us to your care, that you may do all that you alone can do to help them.