Today's daily devotion

Folded Hands

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”—MARK 5:36 NKJV

It’s a tough fact for caregivers to admit: There may come a point when our best isn’t good enough.

When we come up short and need the help of others, guilt is a natural response. Sometimes, though, that burden of guilt weighs so heavily upon us that we find ourselves struggling to get through the day. But we can ease that burden.

How? The first way is by believing that Jesus Himself is taking care of our loved one. We may not be with our patient every moment like we used to be, but Jesus is there. He sees you and your loved one at the same time—and what a comforting thought it is to know that neither of you are alone.

The second thing to remember is prayer. It’s the way for us to continue to be directly involved as a caregiver. We can pray over our loved ones and their needs. We can also pray over the new caregivers they have and perhaps the facility our care receivers are in.

When your role is no longer that of the “hands-on” caregiver, don’t despair. Instead, joyfully accept your new role as a “hands-folded” caregiver. 

Dear God, help me remember that prayer is a wonderful way to care for someone.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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