Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her. “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.This morning I read this from John. Jesus, on the cross, assigned the care of his mother to a beloved disciple. There you have it--caregiving in Scripture. In my yearly journey through Scripture I may find more examples of caregiving.
Who has been assigned to us? My husband is assigned to me. One day I want to hear, "Carol, well-done, thou good and faithful servant." This means that without complaining, with thoughtful care and study, I have a charge from the LORD. It doesn't matter that there are kids and grandchildren. It doesn't matter that one day he may have to be put in the "home" if things are too hard for me at home. I am his caregiver for better for worse, until death us do part.
There is a dear lady in my acquaintance who took in a non-relative to care for her because she had no one else to be there for her and she faithfully was a caregiver until that woman passed away. Some years have gone by. Now that lady has beginning dementia. A family is there for her and I pray for her and her family. She set the pace in this Christian family, didn't she!
Help us be the best caregivers we can be
for your glory.