Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

As we age, we begin to fear health problems. We want to live long lives but we do not want to be a burden to others. We want to be independent. It’s difficult to admit that we may need others to take care of us. My heart breaks for those afflicted with dementia and for their compassionate care givers. The numbers are skyrocketing. Is your family experiencing this health crisis? If not, you likely know of the ailment in families of friends or acquaintances. It is no respecter of persons and touches rich and poor alike.

Many of the afflicted need professional care; their families face a difficult decision. After much soul searching, they place a mother or wife, father or husband in a facility properly equipped to meet their individual needs. Yet, there are those who are enabled by God to step in as full time caregivers to their family member. In recent months, I have been moved by the dedication of such special people. They are God’s hands to those in dire need.

Caring for the sick, they are inadvertently caring for the Savior, King of Kings, Lord of Lords.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:40)

Father, give strength to the caregivers. Empower, equip and enable them as they bear the burdens of those they love. In Jesus name. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.