We have just celebrated Easter. What does Easter mean to you, dear Christian caregiver? How does it relate to family care-giving?
means that the Lord Jesus came to this earth and lived a perfect life
for you and me. He later died on the cross to pay the price for our
sins, and then He arose again on the third day to prove that He had
won over sin and death and Satan. If you and I have accepted his
gift of salvation by repentance and faith, we are His child now and
also means that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, identifies with your
pain and the pain of your loved one, dear caregiver. As you struggle
to help your loved one who is perhaps fighting against an incurable
disease, He identifies with you. Having suffered the worst possible
pain for us on the cross He is able to sympathize with our heartaches
and weaknesses. He is also an all powerful Savior to whom we can
freely go for grace in our moments of sadness and overwhelming and
crushing needs. Check out Hebrews 4:15-16 in the New Testament.
of Easter and Christ's sacrifice you can freely approach God the
Father Himself with your and your loved one's needs, dear Christian
caregiver. You can cry out to Him for help and call Him your “Abba
Father,” because He considers you His special child. (Romans 8:15)
Easter also means that when your heart is so weighed down with the
heartaches and overwhelming circumstances of family care-giving that
you do not even know how to pray, the Holy Spirit will intercede and
pray for you! (Romans 8:26)
for the caregiver means that although you will always face trials and
troubles in this world, the Lord Jesus Christ has overcome the world. He is also your source of peace even in the most challenging of times.
(John 16:33) Even in the overwhelming circumstances of family
care-giving, even when we do not understand God's ways in allowing
certain things in our lives, and even in the most unthinkable
circumstances God is working for our ultimate good. We are victors
in Him! (Romans 8:28)
Christian caregiver, my hope for you would be that your loved one is
healed on this earth. Whether he or she is healed on this earth or
not, however, a child of God is whole and perfect upon entering
heaven. No matter what happens in your care-giving situation you
too, dear caregiver, will slowly heal emotionally and spiritually.
God will always be with you, and joy will return one day. His love
for you will never fail. He proved that love for you on the cross.
That is the meaning of Easter for the caregiver and for all of us.