Right now, of course, my focus is on my husband and caring for him. Being the best wife I can be to him. And, we still have one minor child at home, so I'm still in the mothering role too. And, yes, my adult children still need a mother. And, I am a grandmother, who loves spending time with her precious grandson.
But this I know, I am beginning to see things that I know the Lord is placing on my heart. I am beginning to see areas that are lacking and I'm wanting to fill the gaps. I can't fill them all, but I can start small and do what I can.
My heart today is for the caregiver. For the person who is giving of themselves until it hurts. My heart breaks to think of how many are doing this alone, day after day, week after week, month after month. No relief in sight. What keeps them going?? Love. Compassion. Duty. Whatever the reason, they need our support.
If you are a caregiver, let me say how much I respect you. Let me be the mirror to your heart. Stand here and see the truth. You are amazing. No, you are not perfect. You get frustrated, you're tired and lonely....but you are doing a good thing. You are doing a hard thing. If your loved one cannot or does not voice their appreciation, let me be that voice you need to hear. I appreciate you. I respect you. I know what you are doing and how difficult it is. I know that you are laboring, hurting, and going through such hardship that some days it is hard to breathe.
I love this passage of scripture, and I think this is what a caregiver does each and every day...
and all the holy angels with him,
then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32And before him shall be gathered all nations:
and he shall separate them one from another,
as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand,
but the goats on the left.
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand,
Come, ye blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world:
35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick,
and ye visited me:
I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying,
Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee?
or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38When saw we thee a stranger,
and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.