Asking For Help

Caregiving – long, hot, and tiring are often words that describe the day in/day out of the caregiver's life. Privilege, honor, and love are also words describing the same day in/day out of the caregiver.  Recently I have had the honor of assisting with several caregivers who have needed help themselves. All caregivers need to take care of themselves, in order to better care for their loved one.  Who can the caregiver call when help is needed?  Family, friends, church family…we all need to be sensitive and willing to help especially when asked!  We also need to be sensitive to needs even when the caregiver does not ask for help!  Sometimes just a quick visit, card, email or a small meal can be exactly the encouragement needed but there are also longer visits or multiple meals needed at times.  Personally, if you need help…I will be there in a heartbeat.  However, I find it very difficult to ask for help.  I am thankful for the caregivers who have set a good example for me by ‘asking for help’.
Key words: When the caregiver needs help.
Verse for the day: Galatians 6:9-10
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.



Easter:  What comes to mind? Sunrise services, Easter bunnies, jelly beans, new outfits?  All of these are definitely a part of today’s culture, but take a moment and think of one of the last things Jesus said from the cross: 

     John 19:25-27, "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and     his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.     When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing     by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy     son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home."

One of Jesus last thoughts was that of a caregiver.  Jesus as the eldest son was culturally responsible for the caregiving responsibilities of his mom. He made sure she would receive loving care after he was gone! 

Wow – have you ever thought of Jesus as a caregiver in the context of His last sayings from the cross? No matter how hard it is for us right now, Jesus had it harder and he also asked for help!  Jesus is our perfect example