(A woman raising her son alone)
Our Father in heave,
It is sometimes a real struggle raising my son all alone!
Ever since his father left us I have had feelings of frustration – wondering if I was to blame for the family breakup. If only I had given in more, things might have been different?
These thought have raced through my mind. But there also dawns a realization now that it was inevitable he would leave. I must try to compensate for the absence of a father in the house.
Now I am asking for wisdom to grapple with many decisions facing me each day.
On the positive side, my son does show a growing sense of maturity for his age, as well as making some of the adjustments necessary in the area of independence. I don’t want to be selfish, and stifle those growth patterns.
I’ve heard how some single parents’ friend a rich, rewarding life despite the challenges I am facing. May I often remind my son that he has a very understanding Father in heaven who loves him always.
Please help me to discover more of what I can become through researching my hand of faith to grasp yours. Then with my other hand grasping my son’s hand, he may reach out to others – those who need our special kind of input into their lives…
–by Chaplain Don, 1981