"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble." - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT
Thoughts for Today
The Bible is full of practical advice given from a realistic perspective. The task of caring for aging parents is almost always more than a person can handle alone. God knows that we need the strength of friends and family, as well as the help that only God can supply. In this passage from Ecclesiastes we are advised to find strength from others.
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Don't hesitate to ask family and friends for emotional support, as well as physical help with the tasks at hand. Ask them to pray for you. Find someone with whom you can talk freely about the emotions you are experiencing. Consider joining a small group where you can build supporting relationships.
As a caregiver, you will likely struggle as your loved one's physical and cognitive limitations become more apparent. When you experience a wide range of emotions, be careful not to deny your feelings. Talking with others may help you accept and cope with loss.
Lord, I do need your help. And I'm beginning to realize that I need help from others. I thank you for providing people who care. Give me wisdom and boldness in learning to ask and receive help. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Caregiving: Caring for Aging Parents by Charles Puchta. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide hope and direction to those concerned about the health and well-being of aging parents or an ill spouse or relative. We address predominate issues most families face. Each session is designed to discuss a specific area of concern such as the purpose of a caregiver or end-of-life planning. It will become clear to participants that the Bible provides encouragement and direction to help them through this caregiving journey. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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