CARING FOR A LOVED ONE who lives far away can be frustrating and stressful for both the family members and the older adult. However, there are things that will help encourage a senior even when miles separate you.
Pocket prayers. Create a set of pocket-sized cards with brief prayers written by family members or friends. A grandchild might write the following:
Dear God, help my Gramps know how much I love and miss him. Let him feel my hug even though we are miles away. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
Invite young family members to decorate the blank side of each card, then laminate the cards to keep them from becoming worn. Just knowing that family members are praying for him will bost an older loved one’s mood.
– Missy Buchanan
From pages 25-26 of Joy Boosters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2012 by Missy Buchanan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Pray for caregivers and elderly family members. Share your thoughts.
Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
John 12:7-8, NRSV
This Week: pray those searching for God. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.
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This week we remember Patrick of Ireland (March 17).
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