Helping A Single Mom

Many years ago, my wife, Shirley, was working around the house one morning, when a knock came at the front door. When she opened it, there stood a young woman in her late teens, who called herself Sally.

"I'm selling brushes," she said, "and I wonder if you'd like to buy any." Well, my wife told her she wasn't interested in buying anything that day, and Sally said, "I know. No one else is, either." And with that, she began to cry. Shirley invited Sally to come in for a cup of coffee, and she asked her to share her story. She turned out to be an unmarried mother who was just struggling mightily to support her two-year-old son. That night, we went to her shabby little apartment above a garage, to see how we could help this mother and her toddler. When we opened the cupboards, there was nothing there for them to eat, and I mean nothing. That night, they both dined on a can of Spaghettios. We took her to the market, and we did what we could to help get her on her feet. Now Sally is obviously not the only single mother out there who is desperately trying to survive in a very hostile world, and they could sure use a little kindness, to babysit, to have a meal brought over, to having someone repair the washing machine, or just showing a little thoughtfulness. Raising kids all alone is the toughest job in the universe. Do you suppose there's someone in your neighborhood who is going down for the third time? How about giving him a helping hand? Not only will it bring encouragement to the mother, but one or more children will bless you, as well. With Focus on the Family, I'm Dr. James Dobson.

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