Caring for Caregivers

by Chris Butzon

Caring for caregivers is a new ministry, at least in an organized way, for the people of St. Nicholas.  Our Lenten readings give us insight into our Lord’s caring for us and for caregivers who work in his name.

Psalm 41 says, “Happy are those who consider the poor; the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.  The Lord protects them and keeps them alive”; and “The Lord sustains them on their sickbed.” So God is watching over those who help others less fortunate, less healthy, less able.  Even as God holds out to the sick and the needy the hope of eternal glory with him in Heaven, He also protects and glorifies those who give assistance to those in need.

And in Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, “Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God … when you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, then do not exalt yourself … do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.” And remember to help those in need, and the caregivers who cannot do it without support — we can all find ways to care for the caregivers.