Written by – Kim Johnson – immysister.org
Being a caregiver can be a very rewarding experience; it can also be very draining. As a child growing up, I promised my parents and grandparents that I would take care of them when they grew old; little did I know, that promise would become my reality, sooner than later. My grandfather came to live with me thirteen years ago and I felt it was an honor and a privilege. Don’t get me wrong, the experience was not easy, in fact, at times, it was extremely rough, and sometimes I wondered if I had the way with all, to handle the task that God had given me at all. But through it all, I can honestly say, I am both grateful and humbled. I pray that as Grandpa looks down on me, he knows that I gave my all and that I did my best.
Which brings me to my next thought. I want to take my hat off to all the caregivers out there, I want them to know they are not alone. Although the road can get rocky and rough, know that God is with you. According to the bible, Hebrews 6:10, “God never forgets what you do in obedience to Him. In fact, one day you will stand before Christ and be rewarded for all the things you have done out of love and obedience to Him” (Charles Stanley, p. 1459).
The wisdom that I would give to you my sisters, is don’t forget to support the caregivers that you know, because they may be going through a host of emotions and just being a listening ear, can really help.
Sistah to Sistah, what do you think?