A FINE LINE
The psalmist wrote, “My flesh and my heart
may fail, but God is the strength of my
heart and my portion forever.”
I watched my mother’s independence fade each year as
she aged. As her hearing became worse, she lost the ability
to listen to the radio and the TV. A stroke compromised her
vision, and the joy she experienced sewing soon disappeared.
She stopped reading and writing. A broken hip, difficulty
breathing, heart failure — her independence slipped away
day by day. I fervently tried to fix it all, to manage, to make
things better, to buy this or that to help. For me, it was a desperate fight. But in the end, my efforts made little difference.
I needed God’s help to see the fine line between caregiving
and attempting to stop the inevitable. Over time, I recognized
my mother’s losses as part of her journey. As hard as it was,
I realized I had to let go of trying to control her situation and
trust that her devotion to God would see her through. And
it did. The psalmist says,
“Even when I am old and
gray, do not forsake me, my
God” (Ps. 71: 18). My mom
trusted God through each
devastating loss; and I tried,
though imperfectly, to accept her losses and to trust God as
Prayer: Dear God, give us wisdom to let go and entrust those
we love to you. Amen.
Beverly Taylor (Colorado)
Prayer Focus: CAREGIVERS
Thought for the Day
God will see me through.