A sweet friend that I met during caregiver small groups gave me permission to share it this you. Her mother has Alzheimer’s and is quickly declining, and my friend had been struggling with feelings of impatience and inadequacy. She confessed she’d had a “sit down” with God asking if He was sure He picked the right person for this very difficult job?

 

Then yesterday her daughter posted this “Heroes Around Us” contest entry from her granddaughter. “My Granny loves me so much and helps protect me too.” Wow!

 

God’s Word tells us that how we love one another is the way others will come to know His love. When you’re loving and caring for someone through your own belovedness, you’re showing them the love of God towards them. You become a witness to that Perfect Love.

 

This is an opportunity for great healing, not only for the person you’re caring for, but also for yourself and those watching. Whether you’re caring for a kind and gentle soul or a difficult person who has caused you pain, when you serve them in love (seeing Christ in them, accepting them, forgiving and receiving forgiveness) perceptions and hearts are healed. This seems like an awesome responsibility, but when we love others (even those who are difficult to love) out of the love God has for us, we bear witness to that amazing love and make it visible to a hurting world.

 

Isaiah 43:10 (NIV)

10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,

“and my servant whom I have chosen,

so that you may know and believe me

and understand that I am he.