Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Don't Call the Home Yet!

'But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.'  1 Timothy 5:4

Over the past few days I have been helping take care of my eighty-year-old grandmother.  It is hard to see the one who has always taken care of you be the one needing the care.  I am thankful to say that God has heard our prayers and she is much better now.  In the case that she didn't recover as quickly has she had, we had a plan.  We already had my parents dining room converted to a makeshift bedroom and the bathroom remodeled to include a walk-in shower.

Praise God that these changes were not needed, but I look back and am glad that we hadn't even considered putting GeeGee in 'the home' to recover.  I understand that some people just can't take care of their loved ones, but for the ones who have no excuse I have to wonder what they would say about 1 Timothy 5:4.  God's word tells that we should be the ones to care for our elders.  Not the nursing home or someone else. 

What would happen if those who are able to care for their loved ones at home stepped up to the plate and actually did as the bible commands?  I know the nursing homes would be a lot less crowded.  I also know that some would be earning extra stars in their crowns by following the command  He left for us to follow.  I am feeling His blessing today as I look at my GeeGee and see the miracle He has worked on her behalf, but I am also feeling blessed because we were ready to take action and be her caregivers here on this earth!

5 comments:

Lisa said...

Glad to hear your grandmother is doing much better. :)

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

I'm so glad to hear your grandmother is improving Allison! Praise God!

Have a Blessed Day!

connecting with the soul said...

Your grandmother got better quicker because she was surrounded by her family and God. It's so good to hear the good news!

Debbie Dillon said...

How precious that you've been able to spend this time with her. Blessings for you both!

Ken said...

Praise God that your grandmother is doing better. The time may be soon that I have to take care of my mother. She turns 90 this summer. She is still able to live in her own home for now, but that will not last much longer. I agree, if at all possible, we need to take care of the elderly when the time comes.
Blessings,
Ken