Share the Burden, Share the Joy

As a caregiver it’s easy to feel very much alone, carrying a load you hadn’t planned or prepared for. What you do day-in-and-day-out calls for… Well, you know the list, and it’s a long one. There are things that are routine, and others that call for skills you’ve had to learn. Then there’s one more list – probably only a mental list – a list of people who could – or “should” be helping to share the load.

Life…and its challenges are meant to be shared. Partnership is the pattern established in Eden’s Garden. It was our Father’s idea. Solomon agreed. “It’s better to have a partner than to go it alone…by yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” (Ecclesiastes4:9, 10, 12 THE MESSAGE)

Asking others to share in the caring divides the work…shares the emotional pressures…and multiplies the joy. Remember that line from Solomon about “better…a partner than to go it alone”.

Modern families tend to stretch across counties and continents. The ability to share directly in the family’s caring may be shaped by geography and circumstance. Old wounds may have created great divides. But the crisis of caring for a loved one – close at hand or from a distance – can be our Father’s instrument of healing emotional wounds.

Prayer – Open my eyes, O LORD, to see those you are calling to share in this ministry of love and caring. Amen

Photo courtesy of Alek Zaslawski (, copyright 2017

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