We are all caregivers.
Oh yes we are!
Oh yes YOU are!
You might argue that you don’t have an elderly parent whom you are responsible for. Or you may not have children to care for, or ailing friends or family to tend to, and you may not have any experience with assisting someone with special needs.
But there is more to caregiving than that.
If I can take the definition of ‘caregiver’: someone who takes care of a child or an adult who is sick or unable to care for themselves and stretch it a wee bit then I shall enhance the definition to include this: someone who shows care in the form of compassion for another who is hurting – whether physically or emotionally.
And what is your point, Laurel?
Just over a week ago, Ted’s mom passed away. It has been a wave of love and compassion in the way of all the kind cards that Ted has received from people. What a blessing to have people shower Ted with care by taking the time to send a card …. giving of their time and a few kind words. Many cards came from mere acquaintances. Yesterday at the memorial service, both Ted and I were so appreciative of the people who drove from the far sides of the state, as well as up from southern Ohio and Tennessee to be there for Ted and his family. Those travelers took several hours of their day when they could have been doing so many other things instead, to travel and spend time to mourn with us. Care givers.
So, you see, you don’t have to be full time at the occupation of caregiver. If you have received this kind of care already from someone, than you know what I am talking about. But if you see someone who is grieving and could use some kind words or a few moments of your time – do it! What you say and do is like a healing balm to a hurting heart. To know that other people love and care helps to make the grieving hole in your heart a little smaller.
Thanks friends 🙂
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Proverbs 21:13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.
1 John 3:17-18 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.