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02 January 2021
What is a widow?
In word processing, a widow is the last line of a paragraph that appears as the first line of a page. Widows are considered bad form in page layout, so many word processors allow you to avoid them. The Hebrew word for widow (almanah) comes from the root word alem, which means “unable to speak” or “mute” (Carolyn James, The Gospel of Ruth, page 62). The widow is simultaneously bad form in writing and voiceless in human relations!
Someone or something has hit the mute button and you are unable to articulate how you feel or what you are really thinking. Or, is anyone even listening? As a widow, you lose your voice. If you are to continue to live, you will need to force yourself to find a new path, a new way that is unique to you. Although the word widow has a universal definition, no two widows travel the journey of widowhood on the same road. To find your voice, or to find your way, it takes a lot of soul searching, i.e., time, energy and focus. Some never come to terms with this new stage in life and they rail against the gods; others painfully carve out an alternative to their previous life. When people say that time will help one heal to one who was once a beloved spouse cannot fathom the pain that never ceases.
Widows need to use their minds and hearts and then speak what is in both; hopefully someone will listen. But, if they don’t, they have at least spoken; they are not mute. They may be widows, but they are able to speak. Let their lives speak for them and words will support it.
James, Carolyn. (2011). The gospel of Ruth; Zondervan
Nieli Langer, Editor
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You are again invited to contribute your knowledge, and in this instance, emotions to the topic of widowhood. This special issue will be devoted to essays and personal letters on the topic. If you have already conceived a research project on this topic, it, too, will be considered. However, the main writing format will be essays, personal as well as the product of your anonymous professional counseling.
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