A Caregiver’s Walk

I celebrated 51 years yesterday. The day was a great mix. I played an e-flat horn solo at church in both services. The song is one of my favorites, “Now I Belong to Jesus.” I’ve been thinking of a running sort of obligato part for a while, wrote it down and performed it. As my old bandmaster said, IT’S A MIRACLE! After that, we had lunch with Dad’s old caregiver and mom said it was just like old times, except Dad wasn’t there. Dinner was at my friend, Miriam’s house. We enjoyed a meal fit for a king and conversation fit for his saints.

Her mother, Berta is one of Mom’s companions. She came to my house on Sunday morning so I could perform. She dressed, showered and fixed Mom’s breakfast. Then she brought her to church. She is exactly 10 years younger than my mother and they are true friends. They understand things about life, death, and old age that I’ve never thought of. On Wednesdays, after Berta takes Mom to her weekly hair appointment, they have lunch together and spend approximately $2. I don’t know how they do it, unless there is a grey-headed old man who works the counter at the chain and is sweet on them. So yesterday, because I performed, they worshipped together.

It is great when you have a team to help you with caregiving. It really takes a team. Paula, another woman from our church also helps with my mom. Both companions offer something very different to my mom and our family. I hope that we offer them something besides a little spending money. I serve them a heaping dish of Christian hospitality with a side of brotherly love whenever they come over.

I know some of you don’t have help. Let me know, and I will pray about that. But for today, I want to encourage you with God’s Word. II Corinthians 1: 3, 4 state, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

He is the caregiving God. He is the God of all comfort. Take time today to be comforted by Him.

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