Devotional Thoughts for Caregivers

The Lord is My Shepherd Mon, Apr 25 2011

Psalm 23 is one of the most familiar passages of the Bible. But what does this psalm say to caregivers? The Lord is my shepherd… Somehow, in the midst of loss and obligations is the knowledge that He not only gets you through each day as a caregiver, but He is your personal shepherd in every area of your life.

There are those of you who might have memorized Psalm 23 as a child but have since forgotten the all-important first line – The Lord is my shepherd. The drudgery of caregiving is a reality to you, but the fact that the Lord is your shepherd may not be real to you.

Whether you have planted every word of that psalm in your heart… are filled with doubt that those words were written for you… or are somewhere in between, this is truly the caregiver’s psalm. A caregiver’s job often seems thankless as we bathe, feed, comfort, fight battles, and give direction. I’m sure our heavenly Father, our Caregiver, often feels His job is thankless as He cares for us. Thankfully, He continues to care for, love, and guide us, even when we are as stupid and stubborn as sheep. Yes, the Lord is our shepherd. Inside this most beloved of psalms, there lies wisdom and comfort. No matter what you face in your caregiving journey today, hold on to the fact that the Lord is your shepherd.

~ Carmen Leal, The Twenty-Third Psalm for Caregivers

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