The cares of the day-to-day life were still there, of course, but they were put into the service of caring for God Incarnate, to be His guide, as He grew, to walk the path that was His earthly Destiny.
Her heart could escape the bounds of its worldly sphere, and her love could encompass the Infinite, and the Divine.
Because the Divine needed her love.
So too, for the caregiver. Your life will change; ambitions for the perfect Christmas will fall away, dreams of idyllic vacations in exotic or homespun lands will fade, and you'll be left with exercising all the love in your heart for your husband or wife, a person who is at turns pitiful and difficult, enduring and fractious, a person who carries the spark of the Divine, an image of God.
A person who needs all the love you have, set free at last.
Music from the incomparable Electric Light Orchestra, with Shine A Little Love.
Today's keyword for Advent-Photo-A-Day is free.
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
December 18 - What Does Caregiving Reveal?
December 19 - Caregiving's Release
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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!
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Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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