Devotional Thoughts for Caregivers

A Caregiver's Calling Mon, May 6 2013

The Calling of a Caregiver
Lois Knudson

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27

The first part of your calling is to love God who created you in His image and proclaimed you “very good” (Genesis 1:31). God cares about you and assures you that you are precious to him. Take heart, God honors you and loves you (Isaiah 43:4). God understands all that you experience as a caregiver. He knows that you are making personal sacrifices that people around you do not always understand, acknowledge, or appreciate. He recognizes that being a caregiver is difficult. He is pleased that you have accepted your caregiving role, and he promises to take care of you. You are God's care recipient!

The second part of your calling is to love your care recipient. Your care recipient is important to God, just as you are! She was created in God's image, just as you were. Both of you belong to God. God loves your care recipient with her imperfections, just as God loves you with yours. Her value does not diminish in God's eyes because her mobility is decreased or her mind is not as alert—just as your value to God does not diminish because of your limitations in life. Love your care recipient with the same love that God has for both of you.

As we follow the sacred calling written in Luke 10:27, God's peace tenderly boosts our spirit so that we do not give up, even when we are faced with the most stressful caregiving challenges. As you reflect on this spiritual calling throughout the day, you will see beyond daily tasks and instead realize that you are following God's will for your life as a caregiver.

Adapted from:
Compassionate Caregiving: Practical Help and Spiritual Encouragement
by Lois Knutson, 2007
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