CRITICALLY ILL PEOPLE may experience receiving care as a huge relief. But most people, plunged into this world of receiving care, would say it is so difficult to let go, admit to needing help, and make the long and difficult passage into accepting to be beloved while in a weakened condition. It is only with much time and with loving care that they may be able to come to a new understanding of their blessedness and to realize that there is a gift awaiting them in times of sickness. Despite having to depend more on people who have to care for them because they are physically weak, they may experience becoming fruitful in their very weakness. For example, by gratefully receiving our care they may be revealing something to us that we didn’t know about ourselves — our own gifts of beauty, tenderness, and loving service. Therefore our compassionate caring must always include empathetic awareness of the inner suffering and unique blessedness of those to whom we offer care.
- Henri Nouwen
A Spirituality of Caregiving
From pages 39-40 of A Spirituality of Caregiving by Henri J. M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab, Series Editor. Copyright © 2011 The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://www.upperroom.org/bookstore/. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Today’s Scripture Reading
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1, NRSV
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