From the Pastor’s Desk March 2020

February 26th, 2020 by Kali Lewis

In Philippians 2:3-4 we read the following: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” This scripture provides encouragement to stay the course in our Christian walk. We are called to love one another unconditionally. We are called to not count the cost. We are called to give what we have to strangers.

Reflecting on this scripture for this month’s message led me to a website which lists special days of each month. There are so many “Special Days” in March. There is “Namesake Day,” my favorite “Peanut Butter Lovers Day” “Old Stuff Day”, “Multiple Personality Day”, “Be Nasty Day”, “World Day of Prayer” this is the first Friday of March and of course “St. Patrick’s Day”. One of those days which struck me was Caregiver Appreciation Day. According holidayinsights.com, March 3rd is Caregiver Appreciation Day, a day for recognizing “tens of millions of Americans, who selflessly give their time to care for those who are ill, disabled, or elderly.” It is meant to honor those who are paid and unpaid. This sight further indicates that “29% of the U.S. population, some 65 million Americans are care givers in some way, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 34 million Americans, age 15 or older, provide unpaid care to the elderly alone. Holidayinsights.com suggests several ways to celebrate this day as we recognize caregivers for what they do: 1.Give a simple thank you to everyone you know who is a caregiver in any capacity. 2.Send a thank you card by mail or email. 3. Give them a day off. Take over the role of caring.

Most of the people I know who provide care for someone who has difficulty caring for themselves, whether paid or unpaid, do so with love in their hearts. Some provide tireless care for years at home and in care facilities. We all know someone who is a family care giver. Each time I have visited these folks, I see a spark of God’s love in the eyes of the one being cared for and the one doing the caregiving. I pray for the caregiver that God will give them strength, courage, and patience for those who sit by bedsides or provide comfort for someone each day. As a church made up of a majority of older people, we certainly can empathize with those who are tirelessly providing home care and   support in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility. Let us keep the caregivers in our prayers and  perhaps a word of encouragement or a card to the caregivers. 

Pastor Don