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Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.” Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.” For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant — these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” God promises those of you who remain single in Christ blessings that are better than the blessings of marriage and children, and he calls you to display, by the Christ-exalting devotion of your singleness, the truths about Christ and his kingdom that shine more clearly through singleness than through marriage and childrearing.
He gives her the best gift a woman can get in this world: protection.
And the little girl learns to trust the man in her life.
Several single dads called in to share their stories about what it’s like to raise children as a single dad. He is only 22 and has three children—the oldest is 7. And yet he finished high school and became an electrician despite the mother walking out on the family.
He accepted the responsibility of caring for his three children, and he and his children are apparently doing very well. That need isn’t surprising because, as I shared with the listeners, single parents most need resources that meet their children’s needs.
Perhaps counter intuitively, when single parents focus on what their children need, they meet most of their own needs.