Widow’s Bill of Rights



# 1. Let us worship our Lord in freedom, let our voices be heard, may we be visible and express our needs.

# 2. Let’s grant widows this second right--protection.

# 3. Let a widow have autonomy over her space. It need not be large, but it might be. She is still a person of personal worth and dignity.

# 4. Let her retain ownership of her home and property without harassment.

# 5. Grant widows due process. We need to be heard, to have access to the law in a timely manner.

# 6. Grant us connection to caring people who have our best interests at heart.



The United States Constitution is amazing, not perfect and 10 amendments were added by 1791. Their purpose, ‘to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its power.’ I reviewed them with my new perspective as a widow. Scripture provides an appropriate parallel, a bill of rights for widows. But, there’s a BIG difference. These ‘rights’ as I’ll call them, are not additions, they’re in the original both Old and New Testament--no need for additions.

First Amendment. freedom of speech, religion, the press, assembly and the right to petition.

Widows version.

# 1 Let’s worship our Lord in freedom, let our voices be heard, and be visible expressing our needs.

Second Amendment: the right to bear arms, self protection. I can tell you that widows need protection. We’re vulnerable. Selfish people pounce. Scripture instructs and sets examples that widows are to be protected.

# 2. Let’s grant widows this second right--protection.


Third amendment relates to quartering troops on our property without consent. Parallel: a widow should have autonomy over her space. It need not be large, but it might be. She is still a person of personal worth and dignity. Her thoughts and desires need to be heard and decisions made WITH her, not about or around her.

# 3. Let a widow have autonomy over her space. It need not be large, but it might be. She is still a person of personal worth and dignity.


Fourth amendment guarantees us from unreasonable search and seizure. Do widows need this in their bill of rights? Absolutely. There are still places where widows are thrown out of their homes, and property given to other family members. There are still families, yes, here in our country, where widows are convinced to give up home titles and more ‘in their best interest.’ I recommend picking a board of directors. Wise people with your interests first. Consult with your board, then act.

# 4 Let her retain ownership of her home and property without harassment.



Fifth amendment: due process.

Most of us have had experiences where life simply was not fair. Our Bill of Rights attempts to address this. I’ve been creating a Widows Bill of Rights. We need to be heard, to have access to the law, due process. Both Old and New Testaments give examples where widows were ignored, denied justice, and God intervened. Mark 12 and Luke 18 are stories that unfortunately, are repeated in our times.

My friend, remember that God holds the widow close to His heart. He promises to bless those who look out for her. If we all do that, she won’t need the 5th amendment.

# 5. Grant widows due process. We need to be heard, to have access to the law in a timely manner.

Sixth amendment: I’ve been creating a wish list, a widow’s bill of rights. What are those essential things needed in her life to face forward with hope and purpose? My 6th does not mirror the original Bill of Rights. Yet, I think its valid.

My sixth amendment would be: The right to be connected--to caring people who have her best interests at heart. Yes, this is a two way street. Although, realistically, right after her loss she may not be able to do that.

Who are those most likely to be left out? Scripture identifies the widow, orphan, prisoner, and the alien.

My friend, let’s get this right. Let’s make sure we are looking, listening and addressing the needs of those powerless among us.

# 6 Grant us connection to caring people who have our best interests at heart


James 1:27 (NIV)
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.