By Daphne Reiley
As a caregiver, recognizing that we need help is the first step toward a more healthy existence. Not such a profound statement, yet, for most caregivers, even recognition is difficult. Then after we recognize that we need help, actually reaching out for that help is sometimes nigh on to impossible.
Realizing that we are not as strong as “we need to be” does not indicate we are failing in our roles as caregivers. That realization simply means we are ready to take care of ourselves — something that is often left by the way in the midst of our caregiving duties.
Part of a plan to keep us grounded in our own condition, in our own needs, successes, and even failures, is to pray. Simply talk with God about our days, our worries, our joys, and our failures. Prayer is a conversation — a two – way conversation — meaning that we also must find a way of being silent and listen for God’s Word to us, for us.
God, of course, is not limited in the ways in which God responds.
We can experience a Word being spoken by the person of whom we are taking care. Listen.
We can experience a Word being spoken to us by a complete stranger — perhaps the clerk checking us out at the grocery store. Listen.
We can experience a Word being spoken to us by what we are reading — fiction, non-fiction, a magazine, a flyer. Listen.
We can experience a Word being spoken to us by what we are listening to — music, conversation, simple laughter overheard somewhere. Listen.
We can experience a Word being spoke to us when we sit in silence at the end of a long day and ask God to come, make God’s Presence known to us, to comfort and console us — and we Listen.
God is there. None of us is alone in our roles — whatever they may be, whether we have actually invited God into our lives or not — God is there nonethless.