"...... He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we long to see you." (1 Thessalonians 3:6b)
We've all seen the posts, most even with pictures, of memories from something - family, holiday, project - important to the person posting. It is fun to look at them, remember, and take the few minutes break. Sometimes the posts even remind us of our own "throwback." Sometimes we smile, like, remember and get back to work (or keep scrolling) depending on work -- right? Sometimes we can stop, like remember and celebrate our own memories - at least for a few minutes.
As Caregivers we have our own sets of "throwback" memories. Sometimes of travels, or special times, but frequently of the everyday things happening. Some we have shared, some we haven't even thought about and some the "throwback" post reminded us of. Some we laugh at, some we get angry with, some we ignore and some have us sitting, thinking and smiling.
For instance..... today I am watching a neighbor take excellent care of the church building across the street. He has cut down the vines, loaded the trailer and is now cleaning the brick walls. No, it isn't a "throwback" post but it reminds me my dad, My care receiver, didn't know "which end of the hammer to saw with." If he had been asked, about the vines, his response would have been to find the phone book and figure out who could come "take care of it."
As we continue to gain strength through our relationship with God, work together, give care to our receivers and each other my prayer is we will also enjoy the memories. Maybe even, as you hear the stories of my Dad and have a little laughter. Meanwhile..... feel God's presence with you (Emmanuel!) and enjoy the memories.
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