A Prayer for Carers

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You and Your families are doing well. For those of You in lockdown I hope that You are not getting stir crazy. These months have been the kind of history We could have all done without experiencing.

This week I would like to focus on the carers.

I spent some time this week at a nursing home and was very impressed by the carers working there who have to go through a lot for not very much in return. Some care staff are regularly insulted by residents who know not what they are doing. Cups and saucers regularly go flying. One old fellow seemed keen to jump on any woman carer he could. While they manage these extraordinary circumstances with humour and some bravery, one wonders how they put up with it all, day after day and night after night.

Not forgetting those who care for loved ones at home, of course. Also the battalions of district nurses and home carers across the country doing their thing. These people are providing an invaluable service, often for a pittance. Some home carers care for loved ones for nothing at all.

Matthew 25:31-46 

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”

It’s important that We set aside time or funds for charitable or good purposes. How are You contributing to Your family and to society?

Proverbs 19:17 

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

I wish You all well. Have a peaceful Sunday and a positive week ahead (not that kind of positive, please). Be well and safe. God Bless.

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life,
be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.
In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving;
and when their work is done,
be with them in their weariness and in their tears.

Amen.