Below is something I wrote in September of 2012.
Just some thoughts:
Blessed are the meek, blessed are those who hunger and thirst after good things,
Blessed are the merciful, blessed are the peacemakers.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of good things.
Caregivers; my earliest dealings regarding caregivers on a personal basis go back to 1970 when I was 28 years old and was in the hospital for lung surgery. For about four or five days following my surgery I was as helpless as maybe even more helpless as, a new born child. I had never found myself in any situation similar to that. I especially remember one caregiver named Vera, a good and kind lady. Every day I was the recipient of her special care and attention. I remember one day I was so weak I could not lift my arms to shave myself, and she gladly did it for me.
Caregivers are those people who give their time and efforts every day tending and caring for the sick. Hospice is people working with ones they know are not going to "get better." Personally for me, those are people who have been given a special gift of caring and giving of themselves.
About the business of caring, I would like to take the liberty of adding one more line to the biblical verses above. I would like to add, "Blessed are the caregivers." Without them the world would truly be a much different place. Next time you are feeling thankful, say a word of thanks for those good people who give to others. Whether we personally need their care or a loved one does, we thank them for their service and sacrifice.
September 13, 2012