The Caregiver’s Prayer

By Medi-Share member and "Friends Sharing Friends" guest, Peter Rosenberger

 

Encouragement Series for Caregivers

Read Peter's first blog here.

 

As caregivers, we often struggle with what to pray, or even how to pray. Watching a loved one suffer, slip away mentally, or flail about due to affliction is a crushing and painful experience. Mounting bills, relentless drama, and unyielding heartache seem to comprise a caregiver’s day. 

 

Wrestling with this in my own life, I put pen to paper to help guide my weary heart in prayer. Drawing upon scripture verses, great hymns of the faith, and the countless prayers of others, I wrote The Caregiver’s Prayer.

 

When words fail me, this prayer helps redirect my tear-filled eyes and my weary heart back to the unfailing love and strength of our Father. 

 

The Caregiver’s Prayer

 

Heavenly Father, I love _______. 

I have committed my life to caring for ______.

Yet I know the task is greater than my abilities.

 

As I seek to help another,

I ask for strength to shoulder the burdens before me.

Yet I also ask for the wisdom to know what is mine to carry.

 

I ask for the courage to admit my failures and make amends.

I thank you for your grace and mercy,

and ask that you help me daily apply it to myself and extend it to others.

 

As I walk through this long valley of the shadow of death,

I ask for a deeper awareness of your presence to calm my fears.

As I glance backwards, may I only see your provision.

As I look forward, may my eyes see your guidance.

 

May I reflect you as I minister to this one whom I love.

I pray all this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ,

Who laid down his own life ... for me.

© 2014 Peter W. Rosenberger, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER

 

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