April 21, 2020 - Care Givers
When I woke up this morning I realized that during our stay-at-home and stay safe mandate, many persons are on the front line right in their own homes. These people are having to provide care to their loved ones who are incapacitated, physically challenged, bed ridden, etc. These care givers were on semi lock down even before covid-19. They transport, administer medication, provide therapy, prepare food, clean, wash and a litany of other duties to meet the needs of the ones they provide for. Just imagine having to provide care and take responsibility for others and at the same time take care of your own personal needs. If you have ever had to or maybe provide care to a family member or friend, you understand the difficulties it presents, yet they remain vigilant. I personally have the utmost admiration for persons who sacrifice and submit themselves to being a care giver. I thought about these persons because of the personal challenges they are already facing, but with the covid-19 restrictions, they have greater ones.
1Timothy 5:8 says, "Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
Spouses who take care of spouses are strong indicators that we have taken our marriage vows seriously. When we took those vows, we committed to loving, comforting, honoring and keeping each other in sickness and health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to one another as long as we both shall live.
When a parent or guardian has to take care of a child that may be ill or unable to take care of themselves, it places additional responsibilities on the parents, but they do it with joy, commitment and love. If our children see how we take care of others, they will understand the importance of doing so in the future for family members and us, prayerfully.
Whatever the case may be: Siblings taking care of siblings, friends taking care of friends, nieces and nephews taking care of aunts and uncles, etc., it is an admirable job. My heart goes out to all of our loved ones who are in assistant living housing, nursing homes, etc.
We see in scripture that Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan and the grandson of King Saul was saved by the compassion of David. When King Saul and his sons died in battle, Mephibosheth was only five years old. As he was being carried by his nurse, she dropped him injuring his feet and making him lame. Years later King David inquired about any descendants of King Saul so that he might honor them in memory of his dear friend Jonathan. The words of David to Mephibosheth were these, "Don't be afraid," David said to him, "for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table." (2 Samuel 9:7)
Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king's table like one of the king's own sons.
I share the message regarding King David to show the love and compassion God requires of us.
Please reach out and call persons you may know who fall into one of the categories above. Show some love!
Not a sermon, just a thought!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor