Caregivers do hard, difficult work. Their hands scrub, disinfect, wash, cook, launder, bathe, fasten buttons and zippers, wipe, and, in some cases, diaper. They also hug, hold, pat, touch, and massage their care receivers. Those hands are often folded or outstretched in humble petition: Come, Lord Jesus, enter this place and provide strength—the superhuman kind of strength required to get me through the day.
—Nell E. Noonan, Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers (Upper Room Books, 2009)
When have you thanked God for your hands and the work they are able to do?
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Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again. [The blind man] looked with his eyes wide open, his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly.
—Mark 8:25 (CEB)
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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