An Open Letter To Caregivers

My heart aches for those who are caregivers of family members. I see their pain, their exhaustion, their stress, worry and guilt. It is so difficult to watch a loved one suffer, to see them decline and be unable to do any thing. So often we wonder if we’ve made the right decisions, did all that we could. We’re overwhelmed by being on duty 24/7.
We’re exhausted from getting up so often to check on our loved one. We feel impatient and wound up almost as if we’re ready to explode. The constant tension gets to us. We snap at our loved one and then feel guilty for doing so and for wanting a break. We don’t know how much longer we can keep this up.
If my heart aches, how much more does Jesus? He longs to comfort you, to pour His love, grace, strength, peace and patience upon you. He longs to fill your emptiness, restore your soul and to give you rest. Go to Him in prayer. Allow Him to comfort you to give you His peace. Find someone to pray with you. There are a lot of charismatic Catholics who have experience praying with people. Seek out a prayer group or simply a friend who will pray with you. Let Jesus touch you, not just once but as often as possible.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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