There is a practice here in this country that is heartbreaking. Often families are split apart because the husband decides to go off to work in another country, leaving the wife to raise the children alone. Sometimes it is the mother who goes. And even more tragic is when both parents leave the country to work, leaving the children with a grandparent. These children grow up not really knowing their parents. The parents chase dreams of making a lot of money, when in actuality they end up in worse financial shape than they were in the beginning. In their new country of employment they are often abused, neglected, and taken advantage of. Some fall for employment schemes that give great promises of money, only to discover they were tricked into being a mule for drugs or illegal goods. Those people end up in prison in their new country. Their lives are ruined and the family is torn apart. My heart breaks for the whole family, but even more for the children. You see it in their eyes. They hunger for love, security, and affection. They hunger for the home to be what God designed it to be, yet none of them know what is missing in their lives. It's like walking around in darkness, groping for something you don't know is out there.
There is another story, too. Sometimes the fathers/husbands are in the home, but alcohol plagues their existence. Women come into our church toting their small children along. They request prayer for their unbelieving husbands who get drunk and then beat them. No, the husband will not be prosecuted in this culture. Often the family is seen as the father's property. How he wants to tend to his family is his business. You can see the age and the wear on the faces of these women. My heart breaks for them.
Not even half a mile from our home there is a park. Elderly women often walk there. They go to the temple to do their idol worship and then walk in the park to get fresh air and exercise. The story of these women, more often than not, is that they live in a home for widows nearby. They usually have adult children, but these women are neglected and unwanted. Because they are aging, they are cumbersome to the family. If the family can afford it, the family puts these women in a home to get them out of the way. These elderly women are not valued. As I sometimes sat and talked with these women at the park, tears would well up in their eyes when I asked if they had family.
We live in a broken world. Sin has devastated the home. These people are bound by sin and circumstance. What is the solution? We must give them hope.
Psalm 68:5-6 "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land."
Our Saviour, Jesus, is the answer to the longing in their hearts. He can fill the empty gap. He can satisfy their hearts' desires. He is the solution to mend the broken heart and the broken home. A Father to the fatherless, He also takes care of the widow.This world needs Christ whether they realize it or not. I need Christ. You need Him. The things of this world will leave us empty and broken. He, however, satisfies our every need.