Unsung

Perhaps no other group of people are more familiar with persevering in a demanding, often mundane, and emotionally painful world than the community of caregivers.

  • Peter Rosenberger has logged over 30 years of caring for his wife, Gracie, a double amputee.
  • I have a Facebook friend who is over 10 years post-stroke, meeting the multiple daily needs of her husband.
  • My sons had a teacher whose retirement package included five years of round-the-clock care following her husband’s brain hemorrhage.
  • I was the mother of a special needs daughter who faced major care challenges in her 19 years of life.

Books have been written about the blessings that come with caring for those rendered helpless in different phases of life. But with caregiving also comes the difficulties of isolation, identity loss, and exhaustion. It calls for daily sacrifices that clearly represent self-denial, taking up one’s cross, and persevering in a task that will not see its greatest reward until heaven.

Caregiving has many componentsfor some it is fueled by commitment, duty, even necessity. But caregiving that excels and best mirrors God’s heart is fueled by God’s love, strength, endurance, provision, and prayer. An often overlooked ministry, long-term caregiving, requires limitless endurance.

Bless a caregiver today. Take a few moments and pray for them, hug them, or remind them they are not forgotten. Assure them of God’s promise that “Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in the times of trouble” (Psalm 41:1 NIV).

 


Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress is working on perseverance as a pray-er, caregiver, and Christ follower. Connect at lettiejk@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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