Widows always need to be cared for, but as the weather gets cold, greater needs emerge more than at any other time. These greater needs come in two forms: The first is increased outdoor upkeep on their property that most elderly widows are physically unable to do. The second is the long, dark, cold nights that can heighten tendency to depression and prolong feelings of loneliness.
Because of this, here are some very practical ways to love and serve elderly widows who may suffer from one, if not both of these challenging struggles this time of year:
Rake leaves. For those who live in places where the seasons change. Pulling this off without them knowing it was you is especially sweet!
Clean gutters. If you find an elderly widow cleaning out her own gutters, step in immediately and take over. Most will just leave this job undone, which can have unfortunate results if left unattended too long.
Shovel snow from driveways. For those where snow doesn’t fall in significant amounts…think pulling weeds as a substitute. This is another great way to serve anonymously, if possible.
Rides to and from church or the doctor. Even if a widow can get to church or the doctor on her own, the kind jester of a ride and personal involvement can be very meaningful.
Change light bulbs. This is just one example of a physical task in the house that regularly needs to be done. A general rule can be to set up a time to go to a widow’s house and offer your services in whatever way a widow may need help.
Go fix something. Widows don’t always have a “handy man” around anymore. If you are one, make your skills known and offer up your services.
These require a small effort, but almost always have huge fruit to come from it. These are some of the most significant ways our members serve one another in our local church. I encourage you to engage in it in yours. Pastors, make sure you lead by example if you challenge your people to serve in this way.