Caregiving has a lot to do with doing things the “right” way. Medical procedures that need to be followed exactly. Turning a loved one in bed, or helping with prescribed exercises, there’s a difference between the right way…and the wrong way.
And then there’s the difference between simply helping…and caring. Maybe it’s as if we help with our head and hands, and we care with our hearts. Or is it that helping calls on our strength and skill, while caring calls on our more-tender side, our compassion and understanding.
The deepest healing of the body – and the lifting of the human spirit – calls for both skills and caring. The way you care – your tender strength – touches both heart and body.
But this is not to add to the burden of your day. Instead, it is a reminder that you serve the deepest, when you serve as the presence of our ever-compassionate, constant-caring LORD. Draw upon his presence today. His tenderness. His compassion. In even your weakest, neediest moments this day, our LORD is the ever-present, ever-wise, ever-constant caregiver. Draw deeply of his all-sustaining presence.
Prayer – Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your path. (Psa. 86:11) Amen.
Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016