Our Aunt

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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1 Peter 4:11b – If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

After caring for our elderly aunt, aged 89, from a distance for a while, the doctor told my husband and me that our aunt was no longer capable of living on her own. She was suffering from Alzheimer's. We then decided to have her live with us. I was nervous — I didn't know much about the disease. I was to be the main caregiver, so I prayed to God to help me take care of auntie. That evening, I had a dream that a dove kissed me on my cheek. When I awoke, I just knew everything was going to be fine. Jesus did give me extreme patience, kindness, and a sense of humour while looking after auntie.

After two years had passed, I became weary, and I knew I couldn't look after my aunt any more. She required more care than I could provide. I again turned to God, saying, "God, I can't do this any more. Help me." Just as I had these words out of my mouth, the phone rang. It was the secretary from the nursing home. She said, "There is a bed available for your aunt."

God gives us only what we can handle. He provides us with wisdom and strength to do His will. God knows ahead of time what we need, even before we ask Him. When we are no longer able to continue our tasks due to circumstances beyond our control, God will provide an alternate solution. All we can do is do our best and trust God to do the rest.

Matthew 6:8b – For your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for Your continued support in our times of need. You know everything that is going on in our lives and with our families. We are not alone. We know that You walk beside us, during good times and bad. We honour and praise You, our heavenly Father. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Betty Carter
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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