Psalm 30:5

5  For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  (NKJV)

I remember my first caregiving role.

My Dad chose to pass away with just my Mom present.  So, I flew to Florida afterward to support my Mom.  We took care of all the details together.  There were times of weeping our loss.  We had times of joy in Heaven’s gain.  For, the Bible says weeping does not endure.  That is true and we were living it.

When we put together the program for my Dad’s memorial service we were planning music.  His favorite hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness, was our choice, but we needed a second.  We chose To God be the Glory, but we did have a reservation that it was too upbeat.  It is a hymn of praise to the Lord that ends with the words, “But purer, and higher, and greater will be, our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.”  That memorial service was joyful.  There were smiles and even some laughter, through tears.

I can say that caregiving is living with someone else through the whole of life’s sorrows and joys.  The person you care for is grateful for your help.  But, they love you for just being there.  Sometimes, only your presence is what they need.

Prayer time

Father thank You for Your presence in my life.  You are with me in sorrow and joy, even if I sometimes make You angry. Let me know when my presence is needed to help others through their sorrow.  Open my eyes to recognize when sitting quietly, or holding a hand is all that is needed.  In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.