Category: Elderly

The Sandwich Generation: Should We Be Able to Do It All?

There is a great deal of guilt that goes with this sandwich generation lifestyle, and it comes from all directions. We feel guilty when we leave our children to care for our parents, and we feel guilty when we don’t. You, your children, and your parents are all rolled up in one God-ordained family. Why not enjoy it together? Your parents and your children will benefit from the relationship, and you will find the burden of all that caregiving lifted when you include your family in your parents’ care.

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Forgotten Saints

This is where you and I come in. As we seek to minister to those in our church and our community, it is easy to forget these elderly ladies. After all, we don’t see them. Unless someone brings them to church, we may never meet them, or even know that they exist. You and I must actively seek out opportunities to serve these dear ones. Talk to your Women’s Ministry Leaders, or the Deacons in your church. Ask if they have a list of “shut-ins” (I really don’t like that term, but it is the most common one for this group), and begin to make contact.

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Keep Looking for Changes

These years have grown in us a trust in the Lord that would not have been there otherwise. I distinctly remember when one disaster hit sitting down and saying, “The Lord gives and He takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” I assure you, this would not have been my normal response prior to all this. However, I had seen how God’s hand moves and works and in each preceding trial He revealed to us His faithfulness, care, and love. We never went without, we always made a way. That is a testimony to Him, not our resourcefulness!

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