Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life
You’ll not find this in chapter 5 of Matthew but there is reference to it in chapter 25 of Matthew Blessed are the Caregivers for they are the Hands and Heart of God. Jesus put it this way, “This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12–13, CSB)
Do you know a Caregiver? For those of us who are married has it ever occurred to you that we you married your spouse you promised to be a Caregiver? I have. Because I’ve been married to one for 50 years. I remember in our Marriage Vows hearing my Father-in-law say, “Patricia do you take Gary to be your lawful wedded husband, in sickness and in heath until death do you part?” Immediately Patti replied, “I do.” At that point Patti became my Caregiver, she promised God, me, her father, and all those that heard her to do so. And I made the same promise as she did, it just turned out she became the Caregiver.
I’ve never been a Caregiver, a Caregivers helper, but a Caregiver no, but after watching Patti being a Caregiver to her parents I can tell you what it cost for one to be a Caregiver: EVERYTHING! They give up their hopes and dreams, they give up their time, they give up their real identity, sometimes they even give up caring for themselves. In case you’re wondering who becomes a Caregiver for a Caregiver the answer is God, God is the only one with enough Love and Compassion to listen intently to the woes of a Caregiver. God is the only one with an overflow of Longsuffering to ensure the Caregiver has just what they need when they need it.
Have you ever considered parenthood as a Caregiver? Parents are you know! Perhaps one of the primary reasons there seems to be a lot of violence in our schools is parents are no longer Caregivers to their children. Then as parents age in many cases the roles reverse, and the children become the Caregivers.
There is only one power in the world that can change a normal person, man or woman into a dedicated Caregiver and that power is the power of LOVE, not just Love between two (or more) humans, but God’s Love. For the most part being a Caregiver is a thankless job, not because the one receiving the care is thankful, but because there are no words to truly express one’s thankfulness for the sacrifice of the Caregivers life.
I think there should be some way of recognizing those like my Patti who give up their lives to take care of a loved one or someone who needs a caring hand. If you are a Caregiver I would say God Bless you, instead I will tell you God IS Blessing you and the day is coming when there will be so many Blessings you won’t be able to contain them all!
“The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. You will not despise
a broken and humbled heart, God.” (Psalm 51:17)
Grace and PEACE,
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