The Blessing of the Burden of Caring for Another – In Honor of Caregivers Everywhere

Have you ever considered that taking care of another being is as valuable an enterprise for the caretaker as it is for the soul in need of care?

I mean, it must be.

Otherwise, God would have designed children to be independent shortly after exiting the womb . . .

Baby birds would hatch knowing how to fly . . .

People would neatly deactivate at the first sign of aging . . .

Too often these days, we see caretaking as an interruption, a burden to be hired out, an inconvenience, something that stands in the way of us achieving our goals, an undesirable season we hope will pass quickly

But I don’t think that’s how God sees it.

Taking care of another being is profitable in both directions.

When we take time to care for another being, it pulls us from the linear forward thrust of life and forces us to live in the moment

Of the sponge bath

The bedtime story

The spoonful of soup

Of the temperature taking

The hand holding

The chemo room

Of the lost library book

The meltdown

The shared laugh, the retold story

The extra minute.

Life is not about what we accomplish but about becoming like Jesus
 Through loving

Through serving

Through being there for others

It’s easy to lose that

And never find it again

But there it is.

If you are caring for someone – a child, a parent, a spouse, a stranger – consider yourself favored by God.

He has smiled on you in His willingness to inhabit your hands, your feet, your ears, your voice, your smile.

He has visited you with a special grace – one that streaks across the sky like a shooting star and only those that are watching for it don’t miss it.

He has allowed you to live in this moment rather than in the next
And the beauty of that

Is that He is in the moment

And so You are WITH Him

And He with you

As you care for the other

Whether they are aware of Him or you or anything else.

God is aware

And completely present.

Inhale deeply.

As the world rushes past, know that Jesus lags behind with you.

 “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:37-40

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  1. Tamara says:

    So beautiful, Lori. People used to say to me, “What a burden that you have to care for your mother.” It was a blessing. If I could change anything about that time it would only be my mom’s suffering. But I would carry that “burden” again. Thank you for encouraging others as they walk the caregiving road.

  2. Blessings on you Jen! Keep up exactly what you’re doing!

    Tamara, you’re absolutely blessed to have done what you did. No one can know until they’ve been there with Jesus.

  3. DiAne Gates says:

    Lori, after reading your comment on TWV2 I clicked on to your blog. I loved the articles I read tonight and thank you for being you. We may have different types of problems today and we look different than those in biblical times but didn’t Solomon say “there is nothing new under the sun.” The only difference between us and those we read about in the Word ~ we have air-conditioning, computers, and potties. Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever and it’s our job to share the truth of His Word. Thank you for being you.


  4. Ida-Mae says:

    I needed this today, and on many other days. Thank you, Lori.

  5. Carol says:

    “As the world rushes past, know that Jesus lags behind with you”—Beautiful! Thank you for reminding me that the moment I am in is God-ordained. Your words have given me a fresh energy in serving. Caregiving can be exhausting both physically and emotionally. It can also be so isolating. You remind me that I have the company of the Greatest Servant of All!
    Bless you Lori!