Tomorrow we begin our first Christian Caregiver Support Group and I am very excited and hopeful. I have been in the Fog and down in the pit. Caregivers can have a very stressful time. Just to come to a support group is a big change and hard to do. So I pray for all those God will send. I pray that they might find a place of understanding. I pray that we all will connect with God in a deeper way. I pray that they will find in our group a place of sanctuary and rest as well as guidance in the journey. I pray that the will hear scripture speaking directly to their hearts. I pray that God will be with us. Scripture promise that is on my mind is Exodus 33:14, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” May this scripture be personal for all of us tomorrow afternoon. Tom
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
I know being a caregiver can be stressful. It is not easy when you are taken for granted. Much of the work you do may not be appreciated. You must deal with anger and demands aimed at you.
You will grow to understand more of what I was showing you when I washed my disciples feet. You even take ME for granted and don’t share your appreciation for the things I do for you. You even get angry with ME and shout out a prayer for me to do something.
I don’t mind. I love you and want to share this caregiving with you. Trust in ME. I understand more than you understand. I am also inviting the person you are caring for to come to me with their losses, grief, anger and suffering. I care for them, too.
I will show you the way. I will lead my people to be with you and help you. I will open doors you did not think of.
Yes, you will have stress, decision and challenges. I am not going to remove this work from you. But I will lead you to the place of peace and rest that is in, with and under your work. I grant you a Sabbath, a time away for you to be cared for and listened to, a time to learn from ME.
My brothers and sisters with similar challenges and stresses will be meeting at Christ Lutheran Church this Sunday, Jan 13 at 4:00pm to receive support in their caregiver calling and I invite you to be with them. You won’t have to read books. You won’t have any new demands place on you. You won’t have any assignments. I just want you to be with loving people who will listen to you in MY name and give you MY love and care.
I understand if you cannot come every week. But my brothers and sisters will be there for you on the weeks you can come to this Sabbath time for caregivers.
See Matthew 11:25-30
Christ Lutheran Church
11720 Nieman Rd
Overland Park, Kansas 66210
Dr. Tom Frommer, D-Min is a committed to assist the church by proviing caregiver support training. Even with a theological degree he was thrust by his dad's death to experienced the FOG of being a caregiver for his mom. He struggled with decisions, and dealt with family issues in caring for his mother. He discovered the blessings that come with honoring and being faithful.