While everyone needs respect, long term care is especially painful for men because they sense more acutely its loss. Men who have been providers, planners and protectors for others, now need the help of nurses and aides, sometimes younger than their grandchildren to get to the toilet.

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon gives us a small piece of advice about respect and friendship,

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 KJV  

Notice, that iron only gets sharper when it is put into contact with something its equal. For us to build friendships, we must begin by treating people as equals. The man lying in a bed, confined to a wheelchair or needing a tube connected to his trach in order to breath is no less important than the one sitting in an office or putting a new roof on our house. The reason that common people wanted to be close to Jesus was that He always treated them with respect. He went to where they were. He sat by a well and waited for a woman. He touched a leper and healed him even though his friends and family stayed far away. Jesus treated them as friends by coming to right where they lived and listening to what they had to say. So, on your next visit to a nursing home, an assisted living facility or to someone alone in senior housing, slow down, sit down and then listen. In giving them this respect, you just might make a friend!

For the next three days I am offering for free my devotional book for caregivers titled Grace for the Road. This is giveaway for the eBook version and includes 40 days of devotions dedicated to making your burden lighter and pointing you to Jesus, who is the caregiver for us all. You can click on the link below, or search for Grace for the Road by Peter Caligiuri.

Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

3 thoughts on “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”

  1. I spent five years caring for my former neighbor when she moved to assisted living. It was so enlightening to me to get to know her friends. I kept saying that every single person there had a story, a history. They were not always old and needy. Hearing their stories and getting to know them was such a blessing! Thanks for this reminder, Pete.

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