OFTEN I AM ASKED, “How do you do it?” One valuable tool I employ is the regimen of reading scripture and devotional books and praying each morning. That practice undergirds my day. The beginning time varies beause I first take care of Bob’s [my husband, for whom I am caregiver] meds and breakfast and wait for him to get settled with nap, crosswords, or coins. At night I follow a routine also. Because weariness dictates its length, it may be as short as a recitation of the Twenty-third Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer.
Two or three times weekly I use a brief order of worship called Compline, found in the small, well-worn Episcopal Book of Common Prayer on my bedside table. The English word compline is derived from the Latin completa, meaning complete, and by extension, completion of the day. The service includes some scriptures, and I am especially fond of Psalm 91, a comforting assurance of God’s protection. Another part of the service that connects with the deep recesses of my being is the canticle (scriptural song) of Simeon based on Luke 2:25-35.
- Nell E. Noonan
The Struggles of Caregiving
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