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A Different Way of Caregiving

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.—ROMANS 10:17 (ESV)

My grandmother spent many of her final months in a nursing facility. I was responsible for her care; she’d asked me years before to make all her medical decisions when she could no longer make them herself. It was hard to move her into the care facility, and I felt especially guilty that I wasn’t the one doing the “dirty work” of changing her linens and bedpans anymore.

When I’d go to visit, she often spoke about going home. Until one day, when she had a different idea.

“I’ve been mulling it over,” she said. “I think it would take a lot to move.”

“That’s probably true,” I said.

“Because I’m no spring chicken,” she told me.

My grandmother had always had a quick wit, so I asked, “What type of chicken are you then?”

“I’m a winter one!”

Months later, toward the end, she was mostly quiet. One day, she turned to me and said, “I’m sorry I’m not talking much today.”

“It’s okay.” I placed my hand in hers.

“I had a busy morning. I had some meetings,” she said, and closed her eyes to rest.

Even though I wasn’t doing the “dirty work” anymore, I was still caring for her by listening and being by her side.

Lord, please remind me that just listening and being there for my loved ones is itself an act of love and care.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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