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January 25, 2022 3:30 am
A Bowl of Soup and a Kind Word
During a challenging hospital stay for my wife, friends called and asked me to stop by their home. After doing laundry, I swung by their house while returning to the hospital. Smiling at the puzzled look on my face, they directed me to the kitchen table, where a single place setting awaited.
“Your in-laws are caring for your boys, and the hospital staff is caring for Gracie. Sit, eat, and let us care for you. They promptly served me a steaming bowl of vegetable beef soup, a massive slice of cornbread, and a large glass of tea. As a child of the South, they couldn’t have picked a better meal for me.
I tried to make conversation but couldn’t find the words. “Just eat and rest,” they repeated several times.
After finishing the meal, I got up to head back to the hospital, and they both hugged me. “You have a lot to do, but now do it on a full stomach – knowing that you’re loved.”
Many express difficulties in knowing how to help a caregiver, but most caregivers agree that it’s not complicated.
Sometimes it’s just a bowl of soup and a kind word.
“The angel of God came back, shook him [Elijah] awake again, and said, “Get up and eat some more—you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.”– I Kings 19:7 The Message (The Bible)
This Peter Rosenberger this is your caregiver minute ill. Sometimes it's hard to know what to do or caregiver, and sometimes it's hard for caregivers to know what to ask for now look back at things in my life and I remember one event that stood out more than others, and I was on the way back to the hospital had gone home to do some laundry for my wife take care of some clean gals are kids were away at grandparents while she was having this particular surgery and friends of mine asked me to stop by their home on the way back to the hospital. He was right on the way should come by, we got something for you so pull data when into their home doctor the door in and they brought me in and let me to the kitchen and there at the table was a bowl of soup and some cornbread and a glass of tea.
They said you sit down you eat. Your wife is okay. She's at the hospital there looking after she's fine, your kids are with grandparents there looking after them there. Fun were going to stand guard over you. You are safe and look after you eat some soup have some cornbread tenacity very simple meal, which I absolutely love because I was raised in the South and I love vegetable beef soup, Inc. T and I sit there it's hard to really explain how I felt because I rarely had such a moment, so much so that it all my years of caregiving 35 years plus, now that one event stands out as one of the most poignant moments when somebody cared for me sometimes caring for caregiver is not very exotic. It's just a bonus. A quiet meal just to be still reminded of the story of Elijah when he was alone journeyed. He fell asleep and the angel woke him up and said here's a meal and eat it.
You got some yellow dirty to go. This sometimes Angels just give a summary you know Lisa did for Elijah.
Those two wonderful people that did that for me this is been your caregiver minute with Peter Rosenberger brought to you by standing with hope. A ministry for the wounded and those who care for them.
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