Caring for my mom in our home, the church parsonage, is tough. Caring for her in the hospital, and then in a nursing home, was difficult. But caring for her at home is painfully tough. Here’s what I’ve seen firsthand…
I cannot do this on my own. I’ve wanted to scream and yell, at God and at times my mom. She has many physical, medical and time needs… and there isn’t enough time. I can’t do this on my own.
The peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus) is a reality. God brings peace… even amid my tears of frustration.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13). Exhaustion drags at me like a heavy weight. But the strength that appears and that doesn’t make worldly sense (John 4:32-34) is real and comes from God.
Kindness does so much good! (Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.) I have seen a marked improvement in my mom when someone calls, or she receives mail. So, show kindness and send those cards to shut-ins, hospitalized and hurting. The good you can do by sharing kindness!
You are a caring church! I thank God for you! (I Thessalonians 3:9 How can we thank God enough for you, given all the joy we have because of you before our God?) Cards and notes to my mom, asking Tina and I how we are… I’ve seen that firsthand. And I’ve heard how so many of you have cared for others. You fill me with such joy! I thank God for you!
Because of Jesus, Pastor Brian