James 1:27

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (NIV)

Caregivers should demonstrate purity, be faultless and keep themselves from becoming worldly.  Unfortunately not all caregivers are interested in purity and being faultless.  Orphans and widows and others in distress are susceptible to abuse.  This can come in the form of physical abuse that you can see, but some can be hidden.  It could be the mental abuse of being confined or denigrated.  They are susceptible to depression and suggestion.  They can also be subjected to financial exploitation.

Abuse can come not just from caregivers, but from those you would least expect.  It comes from strangers, neighbors, friends, but often family members.  But the Bible says those who are evil shall be cut off.

What does this mean to you?  You would never abuse the one in your care.  The reality is others might, when you aren’t there.  I wanted, as horrible as it is, for you to know the possibilities exist.  You should watch as a shepherd watches his sheep.  Also, be mindful, and pray.

Lord God, You are all knowing.  Train my senses to discern good and evil that I may know those who would seek to harm and not to heal.  I ask for Your protection upon my loved one.  Reveal any instance of wrong committed against them that I may remedy a bad situation.  Thank You for caring enough to work Your wisdom in me.  I ask these things in Jesus name, amen.

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