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Fran


This Month's Message

BROKEN
By Fran Caffey Sandin

Let me not neglect any kindness, for I shall not pass this way again.
Anonymous

When the telephone rang at 5:30 a.m. on a cold, dark December day, my physician-husband answered. From his questions and the concern in Jim’s voice, I learned that his eighty-five year-old, widowed mother had fallen in her apartment, breaking her left wrist. Jim reassured our beloved “Grandma,” then dressed quickly and took her to the emergency room.

I felt compassion, then wondered…How would I manage my busy schedule and take care of her, too? My empty nest was alive with activity. I played the organ at church and worked full-time as a nurse at my husband’s office to cover an employee’s vacation. Fragrant evergreens and twinkling lights had enticed me with Christmas festivities. Writing deadlines called from the calendar.

At first I resented the time spent washing Grandma’s clothes, cooking, shopping, and assisting with her personal needs. Then something happened. One day as I tiptoed to reach for a jar on the grocery shelf, an inner voice whispered, “You are not doing this for Grandma, you are doing it for ME.”

I had never thought of that. Yes, Lord, I am shopping for YOU.

When I stopped focusing upon myself and broke through a season of selfishness, caring for Grandma became a unique opportunity to serve God. He gave me extra strength and multiplied my efficiency. Grandma and I prayed, chatted, and laughed together. Soon my burden became a cherished blessing.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3: 24)

Thought…Do you resent caring for an elderly relative? Serve her as you would the Lord, and your heart will be filled with compassion.