A Journey We Don’t ChooseNew Every Morning | August 25, 2022
Caregiving tosses us into a bewildering spiritual journey not of our own choosing. I have discovered storms of anger can build in our hearts and mess with our souls. With each new sandbar and roiling wave, the anger surfaces, and we have to fumble for a life vest one more time. Our care receivers are in pain, depressed, coping with the latest problems, but so are we.
—Nell E. Noonan, Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers (Upper Room Books, 2009)
Who or what helps you remember you are not alone in your situation?
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The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change those things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
—Prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr
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It’s a mix of experience,NEM, scripture,and church that reminds me I am not alone. Today’s reflection makes me think of NEM caregivers, April, Ally&David, Julie, Jill, and Becky, but we are all caregivers, it is what we are called to do.
Thank You, Lord for Your guidance and example.
As this month comes to an end there are more dates to remember, my parents wedding anniversary and my wife’s birthday. The worship team meets Monday via Zoom. A walk this morning with my friend Russ. Prayers a builder is found to repair the damage to Anneliese’s house.
It has taken a while to obtain the insurance funds, a potential builder backed out since he doesn’t have help to do the job. Prayers for CCUMC where it feels, at times, as if we are burning both ends of the candle at once, losing members but training laity to lead. Blessings to all, may you be at peace in God’s hands. Thank You, Lord.
Meeting other caregivers at the seminar on Tuesday and yesterday during the virtual caregivers meeting. I see and hear from others who are doing the same as I am and how they cope.
Prayers for Ally and David and kitties, for health and finances to improve. May Ally’s mood lift. Prayers for Jill and her tennis friend as Jill helps her friend with her grief and may her friend’s mother’s suffering be alleviated. Prayers for Robert and the CCUMC as they fight to keep the doors open despite many challenges. Prayers for Anneliese, that her home may be restored soon.
I was thinking along these lines today when I ran an errand during lunch. There were times when I could no longer pray. It didn’t seem like they made any difference. But, I knew there were others praying on my behalf, when I could not form words. This I am going to try to express to my friend today. I received a text from her last evening, her mom is still clinging to life. My friend is so very tired and I would imagine prayer is challenging. I don’t know this, but I remember my weariness. I liken it to Aaron and Hur, holding up Moses’ arms – when he no longer had the strength.
Meetings continue at school, some more purposeful and useful than others. Things are coming together in my planning – I can see progress being made.
Tennis with a few of my old teammates this evening. It should be a pleasant evening to be outdoors.