Lent is a time when many of us give up something we enjoy or commit to serving others for the 40 days and 40 nights leading up to Easter. Every time I reflected on what to do this Lenten season images of the many caregivers I meet and hear from kept coming to mind.
I saw you skipping meals and going without sleep while doing all you can to keep the one in your care fed and safe from harm. I watched as you hoped and prayed for a few good moments in a chaotic day so you could take a shower or go to the bathroom.
For seven years as a caregiver for my father-in-law, Rodger, I did what you do. Lived what you are living not knowing how long it would last and how much it would change me. It is because I know how hard this is, how much you give up, and how dedicated to service you are that I commit to writing a post to support caregivers every day for the next 40 days.
Know that every day, not only at this time of the year, I pray for you and give thanks that there are so many of you willing to do so much for others. Blessed be.