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Friday, December 15, 2017

Your Dying Spouse 425 - A Caregiver's Whole Heart {#adventphoto2017}

Mary was a caregiver.

She knew the path that her baby would have to grow to walk, and while she knew that God would strengthen His Son, she didn't know how that strengthening would manifest.

She knew that He was in her care, and whatever God did, she also had to give her whole heart in raising Jesus to be strong or the human journey he faced.

So too, the caregiver for a terminally ill husband or wife.

God is preparing me as I walk ever further into my personal inferno; but I need Barb's help, too, perhaps more than she knows.

I need to hear that each day that I fight my hardest is worthwhile, however little I accomplish in the business of life. I need to hear that the contributions I can still make are valued, and notmeasured against what I could do before, but are taken as the greatest gift I can give now, under the present fell circumstance.

I need her whole heart of faith and hope and love, because I can't do this alone.

Music is from 3 Doors Down, with Kryptonite. Rock on!

Today's keyword for Advent-Photo-A-Day is whole.

Previous posts in this series are

December 4 - A Caregiving Home
December 6 - A Caregiver's Vision
December 8 - A Caregiver's Renewal
December 12 - A Table In The Presence

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  1. You can't do it alone, the caregiver can't do it alone, and none of us can do it alone. I think of how Christ is the Bread, Water, Life, good Shepherd, Way, Truth, the Word, and so forth. Our hope rests in the real Hope. The impossible is made possible. I like your view of Mary as a caregiver. Spot on. Thank you.

  2. I have often thought of Mary raising God's son. No she couldn't and didn't do it alone. She lost him for a couple days, remember? Can you imagine how she must have felt? I lost mine when he was 3 for about 5 minutes and thought I would have a heart attack! So important to encourage always and never measure. You are amazing to continue to write and God keeps giving you great insight. You help me a lot for I care for elderly people. I often think of things you have said. It will be a great privilege to meet you and Barb one day. Bless you, my friend.

  3. Andrew you are making a difference.