Exodus 22:22-23

22  “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless.  23  If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.”

You are not only a caregiver, you are a protector.  If someone is in need of care they are vulnerable.  This is a greedy world that has a large advertising budget and they are marketing to your loved one.  So I want to take this verse and turn it into a preemptive strike.  As the protector, don’t let them be taken advantage of.

Let me give you our example.  My mother in law lived with us, no longer drove, did not have credit cards and had a joint bank account with my husband, POA.  So, it was easy to know what she bought, the mail she received and her banking.  That included offers that were deceiving.  There were bills she did not owe.  There was a barrage of catalogs.  Much of her mail came stating:  enter to win, support our cause, respond quickly, offer expires soon, no money now, and fine print with shipping and handling charges.

You can be the hedge that stands against scammers, misinformation and slight of words. Sit with your loved one and become part of identifying the good from the bad.  As an alternative, you may decide to talk about transferring responsibilities to someone you both can trust.

Prayer time

Father, I thank You for caring for the needy and hearing their cries.  I pray that I would do my best to see that those You have placed in my care are not taken advantage of at all.  Let me be an instrument of Your protection.  In Jesus name I pray, amen.