This week’s article is written by Jan VanMeter, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
These past years I have tried to be a caregiver, and I emphasize the word “tried.” Blessed souls who perform these tasks have my complete and utter praise for what they do each and every day. I felt I had a lack of patience, which I had proven each and every day these last few years. I prayed about this, on numerous times, and which we all know is “not” what to do, because the stumbling blocks kept coming (God’s way of teaching patience). Some days I would see some improvement in myself only to see myself erupt and my patience go to “hell in a hand basket” the very next day.
And as the saying goes if you try something and it doesn’t work … doing the same thing over and over makes no sense … and so on … anyway, I decided I needed to look at all this caregiving in a different light. Now I know it wasn’t my “calling,” of that I am deeply sure, so, on a Sunday while taking communion I prayed, “If asking for patience isn’t what I should ask for, Lord, then tell me what I need to become a good caregiver?” As I was leaving the church that same morning, words came to me, “you need compassion.” There it was and it was as clear as a bell. Wow, yes, I lacked compassion. I needed compassion.
I am better now and even though I would not want to do this as a profession, I feel I am doing much better caring for my two loved ones because I needed to learn compassion from Christ.
Read Psalms 103:5: “…and crowns you with love and compassion.” Psalms 103:8: “…The Lord is compassionate and gracious.” Psalms 103:13:”…as a father has compassion on his children.” And Nehemiah 9:17: “…a forgiving God, gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.”