Gotta Do Something

I can’t even explain what I am feeling right now. The more stories I hear the more my heart hurts. I made a statement on the about section of my blog for caregivers which said. there are a lot of us out there…lately I have met so many. There are so many stories and so many hurting hearts. And many walk alone – I really think people don’t intentionally ignore caregivers, they just are not sure what to do with us… so they do nothing. I am seriously praying about what I can do to minister to this growing group of people in my life.

And if I figure out what to do – then there’s the how! I have thought of a lot of things from books, to broadcasts…more blogs, I don’t know but I just wish I could pick them all up in my heart and make their pain go away even if it’s just for a minute or two. I have lived such  selfish life.. totally unaware of the pain in the world…

I sometimes think that I am the church’s test… maybe caregivers in general are the test! At first when we were in the hospital there were several churches that came by and prayed with and for us – almost one of every denomination. One group came every Thursday and brought bologna sandwiches and prayed for all those who wanted it there in the ICU waiting area. some brought baskets of food and bottled water. These were like Christmas as sometimes they had toothpaste, shampoo or soap. A multitude of nameless people who really made a difference.

But then there’ve been some crazy ones too. Like the one that came to see us at the nursing home and asked what I needed. I replied fellowship. The pastor looked at Chris and told him they would take care of his mom…and I never saw them again. But then there was the church that came every Sunday morning to have Sunday School with the residents and Bro. Cuney who came and sang and played on Tuesday nights twice a month. If you do nursing home services just know that you are making a difference…don’t stop!

Then there’s my friend, Connie, who approached me back when I could attend church on Sunday nights. She has become a friend indeed…But at the same time there’s the church right here in town who came out one time months ago and I haven’t seen them since! I guess I’m really scarey…or something!

I don’t recall Jesus ever being too busy to pray or teach. He never told someone who He was too busy going to synagogue to pray for them, or that He could not teach them as it would interrupt His personal prayer time!

Anyway, I am really wanting to explore what I can do for hurting poeple…there has to be something I can do from here…we’ll see what He and I can come up with!!

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  1. #1 by Carol Davis McCartney on June 9, 2011 - 11:52 pm

    As usual your words go right to the heart of the struggles of being a caregiver. It is so nice to have someone who understands. I too have been wrestling with this feeling that there has to be a way to reach and connect with others in the same boat. I thougth of a support group but lets face it, when do we have time to ourselves to form a group or attend a group. Oh and thanks for the encouragement about nursing home. I have been going to one one saturday a month for about 8 years now and having an afternoon bible study and fellowship. I love all my adopted moms and dads at Lexington House. They don’t realize it but so many times they minister to me and strenghten me. I hope in the future to be able to go more frequently but you know how challenging it can be just to get that time away. Well again thanks for your blog. You have been a beacon of light to a struggeling person on this path called caregiver. God Bless You.

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    • #2 by Jeanie Olinger on June 10, 2011 - 2:31 pm

      Yeah for you – no higher honor than ministering while in our own pain! Many do it just to do it – out of religious obligation. Pain has a way of taking that right out of you! Thanks for continuing to be the “beacon of light’ to those who cannot get out of the nursing home! Thanks for being His hands, feet and mouth – expressing His love to other hurting people! I believe God smiles at that…

      Thanks so much for sharing. And I am spending quite a lot of time trying to figure out what to do – and the hows. I know a conference for caregivers or a get away won’t work! Who could come! lol! But I am thinking of a video conference…working on that idea. All geared for caregivers – and a couple of book ideas.. but I always have those – just no books! lol! (yet)

      Thanks so much again for sharing – and thanks for reading!
      jeanie

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