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April 30, 2020 12:56 pm
It's hard to look at the things we face as caregivers ...and now, as a nation. What sustains you when you look at painful circumstances? What sustains when you daily struggle with harsh and brutal challenges.
I find it helpful to ask those who live with a lot of scars and painful things ...and yet live to laugh, sing, and LIVE despite those things. My go to person ...is my wife, Gracie.
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John is in us today is the joy of the Lord.
Your strength that is there's very specific reason to pick that song when I asked Gracie to consider singing that was was Tethys from her new record the scope resilient and because that's how we do it.
That's what we that's how we do this we make ourselves of this and and as we listen to John Erickson taught a and kin taught in the first hour talk about this at this one amazing sonnet is two people around us in our culture that we are not miserable as we are going through some of these things were things I admire about Gracie the most is that she belly laughs like a drunk Viking and she has this infectious laughter and zest for life. She really loves to live life and even though right now. She still dealing with the tail end of the covert virus she's she's got it, but she's moving through it and she's going to be okay and but she is not willing to be sidelined to the best of her abilities and I know a lot of people that are like people are willing to just kind of like I want to be a part of this is as to what why would God do this would but but when you see the implications of the resurrection and what that means to us as believers in this as she and Johnny saying on the same record because he lives we can face tomorrow. Because I know I know I know he holds the future. How do you know that it's really important for us to be able to articulate this to people around us. This is something Nemo can you say it to someone else because of what where they can look to for help. What's out there what's go to sustain you through what Johnny lives with what's going to sustain you through what Gracie lives with, or us as caregivers watching somebody suffer like this. I watch Gracie suffer for 34 years. What sustains you and six drugs, alcohol, what none of those things work and an edge is you heard from Gary that he's anchored himself with Gary Chapman here. Risa just on the last segment anchored himself and that knowledge and that's why we do what we do because we've seen these things and if we allow ourselves to get freaked out by these crises that come our way and they will come our way. You can't sustain free For that long after couple decades. You have to figure out something else because you can't just stay freaked out all the time and and I look at I want to bring something to you from CS Lewis wrote a a a essay about living in the atomic age and I put this on my blog and hope for the caregiver.com is good. Hope the caregiver.com/blog that's the one the first ones out there and I just replaced atomic age with coping like teenage and how do you live like this, and here's what he said excuse me.
That's not the bars as your Savior people to how we do this, he said, I'm tempted reply why is you would've lived in the 16th century, when the plague visited London almost every year where you would've lived in a Viking age when raters from Scandinavia country make bland and cut your throat any night, or indeed as you are already living in an age of cancer, syphilis, paralysis, error rates, age of railway accidents or motor exits. In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear Sir or Mdm., you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death long before the COBIT 19 and quite a high percentage of us are going to die in unpleasant ways. We had indeed one great advantage of our ancestors at aesthetics, but we have that still it's perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientist have added one more chance of a painful or premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances in which death itself was not a chance at all but a certainty. This is the first one to be made in the first action is to be is to pull ourselves together loose as if we are going to be destroyed by this then led it when it comes find us doing sensible and human things, praying, working, teaching reading, listening to music, bathing the children playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts think we do that right now with the governor say that, but not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about a virus. My wife has this virus, it may break our bodies, but he doesn't have to dominate our minds and this is from CS Lewis back in 1948.
This is the message that I want to hang onto as we deal with these challenging times that were dealing okay I just just wanted you to hang on and I'm bringing these guest on the show because I want you to hear from lots of different voices from lots of different walks of life who have wrestled with these things with half tough circumstances and are anchored more and more in their faith. Standing with hope is the presenting sponsor of the show, and when Graca found that organization standing with hope.
We named it specifically for that reason that we are standing literally stand.
She is literally standing up to prosthetic legs with hope knowing that this is not enough to wish hope that conviction and part of that is this week give up this show and then we have the prosthetic limb outreach and you've heard her story and we have inmates that work with us at a prison in Tennessee run by core civic and is one of the many faith-based progress because they know the faith-based programs also anchor people who are in a prison and pointed to a place of safety where they can rebuild their lives and they help us recycle prosthetic limbs broken items from broken people and we were working with broken people to do it and they were going to help more broken people were all pointing to the one who is broken for us once again part be a part of that anchor yourself in that of knowing that you know what he who began a good work in you is faithful to complete.
If he is Lord at all is Lord of you believe that if not today is the great day to start doing to believe that just ask Holger scared him with discarding good hope for the caregiver.com for more blogs free podcast is free all these things are out there for take advantage of health caregivers make better cared funeral trust God when I'm gracing the 1980 I experienced a horrific contract leading 80 surgeries in both legs and became I question why God allowed something so brutal to happen to me. Over time the questions changed and I discovered courage to trust God that understanding along with an appreciation for quality prosthetic limbs led me to establish standing with help more than a dozen years we been working with the government of Ghana and West Africa, equipping and training local workers to build and maintain quality prosthetic limbs for their own people on a regular basis. We purchased ship equipment and supplies and with the help and inmates in a Tennessee prison. We also recycle parts from donated lambs. All of death is to point others to Christ. The source of my help and strength these visit standing with help.com to learn more and participate in lifting others that standing without.com. I'm Gracie. I am stating without