Caregiving, as well as sin, jerks us off our feet into the dirt of despair, loneliness, and anger. But we don’t have to stay there, because God has provided an unbreakable, permanent foundation of forgiveness when we slip into lack of trust and self-pity. We need only to grasp the hand God offers and hold on like a trusting child. God will help us get to our feet. We are loved and always forgiven; we need only to claim God’s gifts.
—Nell E. Noonan, Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers (Upper Room Books, 2009)
What do you do you when you fall into despair, loneliness, or anger?
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Only God can keep you from falling and make you pure and joyful in his glorious presence. Before time began and now and forever, God is worthy of glory, honor, power, and authority. Amen.
—Jude 24-25 (CEV)
Prayer for the Week
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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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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