Tribute To A Single Mom

May 11, 2019
by Diane Eaton

Genesis 16:8a – "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" (NIV)

Genesis 21:17b – "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid." (NIV)

Single moms often carry an overwhelming burden. They've been cast with the crucial role of shaping young lives, often with limited resources both materially and non-materially. Stigmatized as less successful, they may bear the sting of shame, feeling alone, vulnerable, and ill-equipped.

Hagar found herself in such a predicament, and that's why Hagar's story in Genesis 16 and 21 can encourage single mothers today. Hagar was the Egyptian maidservant of Sarai, Abram's wife. Hagar became Abram's concubine and birthed Ishmael. This caused much domestic strife, resulting in Hagar's flight to the desert — twice.

Hagar first fled while pregnant. Then later, she found herself abandoned in the desert with her parched son, Ishmael. Yet, twice in this god-forsaken wilderness, Almighty God tenderly reached down and blessed Hagar beyond her wildest dreams. Twice, God's angel visited Hagar and called her by name.

There in the dry desert, Hagar discovered that she mattered to God — a lot! Uplifted, she uttered, "I have now seen the One who sees me." (Genesis 16:13b NIV) God spared both mother and child by providing water. He guided her and promised a destiny. Her son's name, in itself, bears a lasting testimony to her experience. The angel had said to her, "You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery." (Genesis 16:11b NIV) Those words reflect the supreme blessing for any mom: to be personally validated by God — and honoured in her motherhood!

Hagar's legacy can uplift single moms today who are desperate for God's touch in their own misery. God sees them, too. They, too, can experience His mercy and receive a blessing specifically for them and their children. Just as for Hagar, God can give them hope, purpose, and a reason to persevere.

In Scripture, wilderness sojourns were typical for those with special callings. Hagar is surely among them. After all, through Ishmael, God promised, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count." (Genesis 16:10 NIV)

Hagar's descendants among the Arab people still matter to God. Today, many of them are encountering the God of grace — not through any traditional religion — but through Christ's personal visitations in dreams and visions. In unprecedented numbers, they're becoming recipients of God's ancient covenant promise of salvation first announced to Abram in Genesis 15. Among Hagar's descendants are countless vulnerable moms fleeing with their children because of war, oppression, abuse, or poverty. Hagar is surely their heroine.

Today, let's pay tribute to Hagar, who, as a destitute mom, was visited by God's angel. May single moms be encouraged by God's mercy to Hagar. May they, too, hear His gentle voice whispering to them by name: "My dear one, what's the matter? Do not be afraid." May they, too, experience the life-nourishing promises of grace in Christ.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on single moms today, both near and far. Give them an unquenchable thirst for You, that they and their children may experience Your blessings in their time of need. Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen!


    Thanks, Diane, for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Very prophetic Diane which had never considered. Blessings.


    Thanks, Diane, for your thoughtful devotional today. Well said!


    Very touching, Diane. We have a daughter who is a single mom to two.


    Love this!!!
    Have a great day tomorrow!!!
    God bless.


    Absolutely love this devotional! Single or not, how important it is to be reminded that God sees us!
    Blessings on your day.


    I got the first paragraph read and said: Diane wrote this. Your pieces are always thoughtful reflections and take us in directions we haven’t been before. Thank you.


    What a lovely, well deserved, tribute to single mothers everywhere, and a precious reminder of just how much God does indeed love and care for them.
    Thanks for writing!


    Dear Diane, What a lovely tribute to single moms near Mother’s Day. Very insightful and encouraging and reminding us to pray for them and gain understanding through Hagar’s experiences. May blessings come your way and their way.


    Thank you, Diane,
    As a single parent I feel blessed to read your devotion and thank you for the encouragement. May the good Lord continue to bless you. Keep up the good work.


    Greetings Diane,
    A very good devotional. The story of Hagar is a positive one and a great encouragement to single Moms. Truly God’s love and care prevails.
    Blessings to you for this thoughtful writing.
    (B.C.)


    Thank you. I have been a single parent since for many years, when my husband passed. With autistic sons, it has been hard. But, … God, family and friends have been a great help! I was never alone, with God’s help. He has sustained me through the good and bad times. All I had to do was ask. Thank you and God bless you,
    (Manitoba)


    Thank you, Diane, such a beautiful devotional! Blessings.


    Thank you, Diane, for this clear understanding of a difficult thing today.


    A biblical message specifically for single moms – what a timely and great encouragement to them.


    Dear Diane Eaton,
    Thank you for the very compassionate devotional.
    Keep writing.

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