Serving: Your Family May Be Just What She Needs

For You From The Word

When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27, NLT)

For You To Think About

familyIn Bible times, women were considered property. Fathers provided for their daughters financially and gave them a home and family, and then transferred that responsibility to husbands (upon marriage) or other adult male relatives (upon death).

As an adult, Jesus provided for his mother Mary. Now on the cross, He continued to provide for her by designating the apostle John as Mary’s guardian.

John’s circumstances are believed to have been a bit better than the other disciples. He was an acquaintance of the high priest (John 18:15). His father Zebedee employed hired servants (Mark 1:20) and his mother Salome was a Christ-follower (Mark 15:40). Clearly Jesus sought to provide the loving support of a family to his mother during her grief and later years. By calling John to the task of adopted son, He bestowed on the apostle confidence and honor.

There are people in your life that you consider to be as close as “family” even if they are not related. Women who face an unplanned pregnancy are often all alone with no relatives, husband, or partner for support. Jesus may call on you to step in and “adopt” a woman into your family for a season. When that happens, consider it an honor!

For You to Pray

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for providing for women who face an unplanned pregnancy. It is an honor to become family to others. If You need me to become “family” to a woman in need, I am willing. In Jesus name. Amen


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