- Updated: 23 January 2017
… and today I am going to facilitate a group of caregivers who have been caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s dementia, actually I am substituting for my boss. One thing I can tell you for sure is that I will be in the presence of a seasoned group of men and women, many who are fulfilling their vows “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health” and some who are caring for a parent, sibling or friend. These are seasoned in the sense of being tried in the fires of managing life for a loved one who is no longer capable to manage life on their own. I hope that I will contribute to their sense of wellness… I know I will be inspired by their steeled commitment and tender compassion as I listen to their stories.
That reminds me of what is so important in this time of transition in our nation’s capitol… commitment and compassion. As citizens of God’s kingdom who have been assigned to the U.S. we must galvanize our commitment to Christ and His ways of compassionately caring for the people in our lives as a way of showing the world how to heal from our divisions. The campaign for the presidency that dominated our attention in 2016 has left us as a nation divided. To heal our land we must be true citizens of God’s kingdom. By that I mean people committed to Christ and His way of life… which is all about loving God (obeying God’s will in everything) and loving our neighbors (taking the time to meet them in their time and place of need, like the good Samaritan) as we love ourselves.
As Christians, self love involves living with the character, righteousness and influence Christ has defined for us in the Gospels. His light in us is to shine brightly for all to see how God lives in and through us in difficult and challenging circumstances… just like the men and women who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s dementia! Christ in us is the hope of our nation… let Him shine!
For His glory,