For anyone who is struggling with the frustrating sense of uselessness let me tell you about my good friend Ann. Ann* (not her real name) passed away just before Valentine’s day. For the last three years she came almost every week to our church service in the respiratory unit at the nursing home. Because of her trach it was hard to understand much of what Ann said. But Ann has changed the world. Her consistent faithful presence was noticed by her daughter who also began coming many Wednesday afternoons.
Are you ever called not to bear another’s burden? What about planning your own future, even when you’re someone’s caregiver? What if their “burdens” interfere with your personal goals for the future, are you allowed to set them aside?
There are some things that are so difficult even to think about as a care giver. I love this post because it is both practical and loving in its encouragement and advice. Thanks Emily for sharing this excellent post!!
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Matthew 9:37-38 NKJV
Since early on in nursing home ministry I have been gripped by the passion for two things- the overwhelming needs and the few that seem to notice. Society finds nursing homes convenient parking lots for the weakest members of our community. Our disabled, our elderly and our injured are professionally cared for but mostly forgotten except by Jesus Christ. Our calling as shepherds for this portion of God’s flock includes prayers for Him to send help.
Over the years of my time doing my best to meet needs and pray desperately for help I have discovered that God hears but answers in unexpected ways. I thought people from our church would come to serve communion but God sent willing staff members to cheerfully help. I felt that our prayer group would be moved to earnestly intercede for the needs, but God sent family members along with a few of the residents themselves to pray. If you are a fellow worker, a care giver or a concerned staff member remember that your prayers can reach far beyond your own abilities to help. Then after you have prayed ask God to give you eyes and ears to hear and see how He is answering! Have a blessed week in the love of Jesus!
As special as the Christmas season is for most of us, who cannot truthfully say that now it has passed you breathed a sigh of relief? The same held true in our nursing home service this week. We looked back thankfully to the blessings we shared but
we all agreed to put the carols on vacation and together look forward to a New Year.It felt good to sing the Hymns and to pray God’s help and protection for whatever lies ahead. As we launched into “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” we remembered that in the year ahead some of our people who are wheel chair bound can still walk by faith. To the chorus of “How Great Thou Art” is added the voice from the heart of Judy who cannot get out a single note because of the breathing tune attached to her. In the gentle words of “Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound” we realized that even ears which can no longer hear still listen to His voice. God is good all the time and all through every one of our years. He is good when we are young and He is good as He carries us to old age. He is a friend that still sticks closer than a brother in special ways when we can walk only by faith, sing only with our spirit and hear only His still small voice!