Resurrection: New Life for Caregiving

Each year when Christians observe Easter, we have much cause for celebration! The remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection symbolizes many things: God’s unfathomable love for us, His unchanging nature, His provision of a sacrifice (Himself) as payment for our sins, and His power over death to rise again in the flesh, among others. Hallelujah, He has Risen!

When we come to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a change occurs in how we relate to this world. We are invited to have fellowship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, and so many others who have put their faith in the Author and Creator of the Universe, and our sins forgiven. In discovering this fellowship and embracing it, our horizons expand, and our life takes on new purpose and meaning. True believers redirect their focus from self to God, serving others in Christ-like love. They walk different paths, choose other activities, and reflect God’s love and forgiveness in all areas of their lives.

If this sounds like a Sunday School lesson, don’t worry. I have a point that relates to you as a Family Caregiver.

As a Christian, when you are caring for an aging loved one you become the hands and feet of Christ. Through your words and actions, you can share His love every day with those for whom you care. Some days will be hard, and sometimes you will want to give up, but we can all find renewed energy, strength, and hope as we return again and again to our source of faith, Jesus Christ.

When your day is stressful, pray more. If your loved one’s behaviors are aggressive, or their condition is deteriorating, spend more time in scripture study. You are probably thinking, ‘How can I possibly take MORE time when I already don’t have enough time to get everything done?’ But an amazing thing happens when you spend more time with your Heavenly Father. The time you spend on your knees or in God’s Word acts like a tesseract in reverse.

It seems to S-T-R-E-T-C-H time. If you don’t believe me, just try it and see what happens.

Also, remember that you are not alone in your situation. Ask other believers to pray for your specific circumstances and be open to their wisdom, insights or advice. God hears your desperate cries for help. He knows your struggles and will provide for your every need in His perfect time.

Keep a journal so you can see His hand at work in your life over time. He will never fail those who love Him and follow according to His purpose. He will resurrect in you a spirit of hope, strength, and endurance as you walk the path He has called you to travel.

God calls Family Caregivers to a God-sized challenge that they cannot fulfill without God’s guidance and assistance. Today, celebrate life in Him and draw power from Him for tomorrow and all the days ahead along your caring journey. He lives, and because of that, we can live every day more fully when we live it for Him, and in service to others. Hallelujah, Jesus the Christ is Risen Indeed!

 

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