And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. (Luke 8:52-56)
Seventeen years ago this week, my mother 'graduated to heaven'...but 'she is not dead, but sleepeth'. Such comfort for those of us still here!! The Bible passage above came up on my ‘Google Home Page’ today – the very day my mother had a massive stroke and we knew she would not recover. God is so good to bring the right passage to me exactly when I need the encouragement…even after 17 years!
This began my ‘caregiving journey’. If I had known then, what I know now…. Life is short when you come out on the other end of the journey. Do not get discouraged, frightened, angry or bitter. It is not worth it!! That was easy to type, but much harder to put into practice. Only by focusing our minds and hearts on ‘things above’ can we hope to avoid the pitfalls of bad attitudes.
Praying for each of you as you continue your caregiving journey!