In God’s eyes the person you care for, no matter how seriously ill or disabled, is a person of great worth, and deserves to be treated with dignity. Jesus reminds us that “two sparrows are sold for a penny, but not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing”. (Matthew 10:22) Then, having said those now-famous words, I imagine he lowered his voice and looking straight at his listener, to be very sure he – or she -understood, he said, “you are of more value than many sparrows. Even the hairs of your head are counted”. (verses 30, 31)
Since the one you care for is so highly valued, guard against overprotecting. Unless the situation is life-threatening, true caring gives persons the right to make decisions as to what or how things are to be done. When you are able to guard against insisting that “this is the right way”, you release the pressure of the situation for your loved one…and for yourself. Let the “Jesus attitude” make a difference. He cared so deeply that, even in eternal matters, he always gave people the freedom of choice.
Lord, help me to care in loving, freeing ways that give new dignity and worth to the one I care for. Amen.
Photos courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016