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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pray for Marriages (Support in Caregiving)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Nothing is more heartwarming and inspiring to me than watching someone tenderly care for a chronically ill spouse.  They are an absolute light to the world.  However, it is a most difficult and exhausting task, even for the most loving person.  It also can be incredibly lonely as social relationships fall to the wayside.

Today I ask that you pray for the caregiving spouse, that they may grow in fortitude, kindness, patience, and enduring love. 

In everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints…by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love.  2 Corinthians 6:4, 6

Lord, we ask a special blessing on the person who is in the role of caregiver to their spouse.  Consecrate their hands so that they are tender in their care.  Provide them the fortitude and patience to endure.  Help them to remain kind, especially when the response to their care feels taxing, and unappreciated. In the most difficult times, lend them your heart to love with.  Help them to see that in caring for another, they are caring for You.  Bring them helping hands, loving support, and good friends to listen.   May our prayers uplift them in their weariness and comfort them on the journey. May our loving presence in their lives bring them joy and may your unceasing presence bring them peace.  Amen.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am,” I said; “send me!”

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Befriend a caregiving spouse.  Pass it on!