Do you ever feel like the holidays are so crazy busy that you’ll just be relieved when it’s all over? Parties, decorating, shopping, concerts, special programs at church, at schools, and in the community can feel overwhelming to all of us, but for family caregivers who are already managing a career, raising children, nurturing a marriage, caring for household chores AND assisting an aging loved one, the Christmas season can feel impossible to survive. Many family caregivers find themselves feeling like there’s just not enough time in the day to get everything done; care schedules get turned upside down in all hustle and bustle of the season’s demands. If you find yourself resonating with these observations, then you must take action NOW!
You need to stop, take a deep breath, and remember the reason for the season.
When Jesus was born, the angels proclaimed his birth to shepherds out with their flocks. The shepherds came to the place where they found the babe and worshipped him, although they didn’t understand the magnitude of what they were witnessing. Then they went back to work, and as they went, they told others what they had seen. Everything mostly returned to normal and stayed that way for the next 3 decades, until Jesus began his ministry which led ultimately to his crucifixion and resurrection. You and I and people everywhere, throughout the ages, got the best gift ever…because of Jesus’ birth. This gift came at an unimaginable cost and was given without restriction. HE is the reason for the season.
This Christmas season, try to find the time to reflect on the real reason for celebration and rest in the One who loves you in spite of all your failures, shortcomings and flaws. He has called you to be a family caregiver, and He will continue to equip you to fulfill this calling. Let His light shine through you as you care for others.
Chris and I wish you a very merry Christmas, and we hope you will join us at Heart of the Caregiver and share your heart about who Jesus is to you in this giving season.