Single Moms. Just hearing those two words together immediately evokes a response. For some, you will think of the single mother who raised you, as your father passed away far too early, or maybe you think of a special co-worker, family member, or friend who has a unique story. Your heart is filled with compassionate understanding the weight those words carry. For others, you are a single mom and your emotions can be wrought with anger, worry, fear, or even embarrassment or shame. Still yet, there may be some who have a conscious or subconscious attitude of judgment, as you assume those words must denote sin. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of response, we all have a reference point for single motherhood.
Our churches are full of people who hold those various viewpoints on single moms. As the Church, we are called to put aside prejudice, scorn and pity and instead see the single moms as God sees them: made in His image, chosen, beloved and worthy of dignity, respect and compassion. In light of this reality, what then should we do?