Author Julie-Allyson Ieron offers devotional thoughts and Bible-based encouragement to overwhelmed caregivers of aging parents and other relatives.
Julie is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Overwhelmed Woman's Guide to ... Caring for Aging Parents. (www.womencareforagingparents.com)
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Monday, March 28, 2016
Mom and I
were going to visit a friend who’d been placed on hospice. As I got physically
ready, I realized I needed to be spiritually ready to offer a word of hope, of encouragement. I know this sweet friend has a firm assurance on
where she’ll spend eternity. Yet, there is sadness about leaving loved ones,
about leaving this world.
makeup and hair were done, I sat at my desk and turned to the Psalms. Where else? I flipped
backward through the book.
150, 149, 148, 147, 146: all beautiful songs of joyful praise. Not quite right.
143, maybe. Begging
God to answer our prayers and deliver us. But, it’s talking about reviving. That’s
not likely for this sister in Christ.
139. Nope. She’s certainly not running from Him—more like stumbling toward Him.
Keep looking, Julie. 136, 135, 134,
more praise songs. Not resonating today.
I skipped down a few. 125, 124, 123
too much about wicked scoffers. That’s not where we want our thoughts to rest.
122. So sad—the reminder she’s no longer able to go into the house of the Lord.
Then my eyes
lit on 121:
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my
My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will
Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right
The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night.
The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever. (NASB)
That’s the one!
as I held her hand and read Psalm 121, her lips moved and her tears flowed in
joyful recognition. I noticed Mom and our other companions tearing. After all,
this passage holds as much value to us—as we face the land of the living. Look
to the Lord—expect help from Him. (This reminds me of Jesus’ description of the
Holy Spirit as Parakletos, which can
translate as “the Helper.”)