Easter came early this year, but not a moment too soon for me! As a Christian, this is the highest and most holy day we can observe in our faith walk. Reflection is not only appropriate but also necessary to properly embrace the full weight of what Christ did to save you and me from our sins. The gift of eternal life made possible by those events surpasses anything that came before or has happened since.
When families share a common faith in Christ, their burden is made lighter, at least to some degree, by their mutual beliefs. Promises in scripture range from God’s never-ending faithfulness (Psalm 26:3, Genesis 24:27, Psalm 86:11, 15), his unchanging promises to hear and answer our prayers (Genesis 25:21, 1Kings 8:45), provide for our every need (Genesis 22:8, Romans 5:17), and will go with us when we cannot make on our own (Psalm 23:4) are only a part of the comfort verses that bring encouragement. Jesus also gave us the Holy Spirit, who intercedes unceasingly on our behalf (John 14:26), and the New Testament epistles are filled with exhortations to the faith community to care for each other. Next week we will talk more about the role the Church plays in caregiving, but the fellowship you share not only with your family members but also others in your church family help to ease the challenges you face, and trials of caregiving are made easier by the strength and courage your faith provides.
Family caregivers with faith in Christ have access to the throne of God Almighty by exercising our faith through prayer and supplication. The Holy Spirit and ‘so great a cloud of witnesses’ (Hebrews 12:1-3) will intercede on our behalf before our Father in Heaven, and He will provide whatever is needed, because we are loved, cherished, and redeemed. We are children of the King of Kings, and he will not allow us to be overcome by the world and its trials. Hold fast to the hope you profess, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
Chris and I hope you’ll join us this week here at Heart of the Caregiver and share your heart about how a shared faith strengthens your family.