The Dilemma of Young Widowhood

“To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is well for them to remain unmarried as I am. But if they are not practicing self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion” 1 Corinthians 7:8–9 (NRSV). No one ever expects to lose a spouse – especially if you’re young and just starting out in life. I’m no spring chicken at 35, but I still consider myself … [Read more...]

Widowed: Reflections on the First Year

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home” (John 19:26–27 NRSV). The first anniversary of my husband’s death is swiftly approaching, and once again, I am in shock. However, this time I’m shocked … [Read more...]