Labor Day! Caregivers thank you so much for your labor of love you give day in and day out! Caregivers never get a day, or night, off unless they hire other caregivers to take their place. How do you ask or hire other people to take your place so you can have a day or more off from your caregiving duties? There are more and more licensed caregiver groups who are able to give care at a moments notice. Be sure to check their references and online reviews. Friends are preferable, but many do not feel up to the task of caring for an elderly person no matter how often they visit. Family members may not be able to help either. Be careful to maintain an attitude of hope and avoid resentment if none of these options are available. Caregiving will not last forever although it may seem to last a lifetime! Take joy in knowing your labor will not be in vain as God, himself, will reward your faithful service!
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Labor Day - A day set aside to cease from our labors and celebrate the privilege of working and resting. For caregivers, the work is never done and there is no rest for the moment. However, I can think of three caregivers immediately who are coming to the end of their care giving journey. It is not easy...waiting and wondering when God will take them home. I visited a lady this week who cannot understand why it is taking so long. I encouraged her to spend her days praying for others.
I would also encourage you with a story of my mother-in-law's last couple of weeks. She had congestive heart failure and one night 'we nearly lost her'. The next morning she talked about what she had experienced and she told me she had seen her parents, her husband, her former pastor, my mother...all who are currently with the Lord. She asked me what I thought that meant. God in his wisdom had me encourage her with the thought "heaven is just a step away". She and I firmly believe she was at that time at heaven's gate and it is just a 'step away'. After that episode, she had such peace and was no longer fearful of what might happen when the end was near. She knew the God she served every day of her life would be there for the next 'step away from this life'.
What a privilege for me to share in this moment and share with you my readers. For those of you facing a loved one's departure..."Heaven is just a step away". Take comfort and rejoice with your loved one who knows Jesus as their personal Savior and will soon step away from you but step into life everlasting!