She would be caregiver to God Incarnate.
What does caregiving reveal to you, about you?
The husband or wife for whom you're caring isn't God, certainly...but He or she has been made in God's image, a child of the Almighty, and in God's eyes, as deserving of care as His own Son.
That's hard, because patients can be a real pain in the neck, and can sometimes be pretty far away from anything that would remotely remind you of God.
Illness brings impatience and pettiness and endless demands.
Did Mary sometimes get frustrated with the baby Jesus, with the endless three-o'clock feedings?
Mary was human, and as God Incarnate, so was Jesus.
And what that revealed to herself is what it reveals to every caregiver...you have a limit of patience.
And it's OK.
Music from Billy Joel, with Pressure.
Today's keyword for Advent-Photo-A-Day is reveal.
Previous posts in this series are
December 3 - The Meaning Of Christmas
December 4 - A Caregiving Home
December 5 - Caregiver, Please Wait For Me
December 6 - A Caregiver's Vision
December 7 - A Caregiver's Magnificat
December 8 - A Caregiver's Renewal
December 9 - Caregiver, What Is Justice?
December 10 - Caregiver, Find A Moment's Peace
December 11 - A Caregiver Needs Moments Of Silence
December 12 - A Table In The Presence
December 13 - Caregiver, You Belong To God
December 14 - Into The Mystery
December 15 - A Caregiver's Whole Heart
December 16 - A Caregiver's Open Arms
December 17 - Caregiver, There Is Still Joy
Please pardon my slow response to comments. I'm doing my best, and your comments are really precious to me.
I'm really not doing well at all.
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback in a few days!
Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
If you can, please do leave a comment. I am trying to answer all, and I am failing, but please know this - I read and treasure each one.
Below are my recent releases on Kindle -please excuse their presence in the body of the blog. I haven't the energy to get them up as 'buttons' in the sidebar. You can click on the covers to go to the Amazon links.