In April of last year, I posted a three day series featuring Pamela Thorson, author of Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver. The series included a book review and a two-part interview (Part 1 and Part 2). I was thrilled when she asked me to write a guest post for her blog, Prisms Caregiving: Inspirations and Resources. Following is an excerpt from that post titled “Bearing the Pain of Others.”
My goal in life was not to become a caregiver. However, when my loved ones had a need, I stepped in to help.
Whether by small increments as the need progresses, or suddenly because of a catastrophic event, many of us become caregivers regardless of our intentions. Those of us who have been drafted into such a role, in searching for some meaning, often lean on Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
There is comfort in Paul’s words, but when you find yourself in the middle of hardship, it’s difficult to see how even God can find any good in your circumstances. As I watched Mom and Dad slip away into the abyss of dementia, I knew there was nothing good about Alzheimer’s. Still, through my experiences, God worked for my good and His purposes.
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