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The Seat of Power

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger
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June 6, 2024 9:00 am

The Seat of Power

Hope for the Caregiver / Peter Rosenberger

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June 6, 2024 9:00 am

Gracie was invited to sing for the President of the United States years ago. While the event was certainly memorable and exciting, what happened a few weeks later provided a seminal moment for me as a caregiver. 

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This is Peter Rosenberg and I'm so glad that you're listening to this podcast. If you're finding it meaningful, I want to ask you for two things. Would you mind sharing it with someone?

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We can't do it alone. We ask that you help us. Welcome back to Hope for the Caregiver. This is Peter Rosenberg, and this is the program for you as a family caregiver. Glad to have you with us. Hopeforthecaregiver.com. Hopeforthecaregiver.com.

I'm to switch gears just a bit with your indulgence. I want to tell you a story. This is a teachable moment in my life that happened some years ago and it just it always stuck with me and I'm hoping that it will do the same for you. We got the call, this has to be 20 years ago, and George W. Bush was coming to Nashville. He was going to speak over at the Vanderbilt Plaza there in Nashville. I'm not really sure how this happened but we got the call for Gracie to sing the anthem when he was there and got to go to a meet and greet with him and that kind of thing which was kind of cool. First time I've ever met a president you know that was kind of cool you know I mean I don't mind telling you it was kind of cool.

So we get over there and we we meet him and he's very nice very pleasant and very gracious with Gracie. She always wore her legs uncovered. She has kind of robotic legs and this was right at the beginning of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and everything was going on so a lot of soldiers were coming home with prosthetics. Now it's become kind of fashionable for soldiers to wear or amputees to wear their legs uncovered but Gracie was doing this long before out of expediency.

I think I told you all that story. She wanted to go swimming one time at her sister's house in Florida and she had cosmetic coverings on her legs and she called a Proprosthetist and said hey can I get in the water with these? He said no you'll ruin them and they'll just balloon up.

She says well what if I just cut them off? He said well I'm not making some new ones so that's the way it's going to be and Gracie just for whatever reason did was she wanted to get in the water that day and I get out of the water and I come on the dock and I see her sitting there on the dock and she's got a knife out and she's cutting all the foam off of her legs which was a bit freaky I will tell you. It was just a bit unnerving. It very much like the terminator you know when he was cutting back you know his arm to show that he was a robot. Well I'm just telling you it was a bit unnerving all right just take my word for it but she was as happy as she could be doing it and she got up she walked to the end of the dock and and tattered bits of foam were following her and she dove into the water and she's never worn cosmetic coverings again.

It's that's just Gracie. So anyway she shows up to meet the President of the United States in the same form she's wearing a skirt and I've got that picture here in the studio where I'm working and it's I look at it right now and I mean she just dropped dead gorgeous we got the whole family with the president it was pretty cool I must say and then she got up and sang did a great job had a great night it was just we got it was just a great night. And I was struck by the reality of of being in the presence of a sitting president. There are a lot of things that happen there's so much energy so much um it's just there's kind of a weight to it and you know you got the all the flags there the secret service everything it's just there's there's a lot going on and for that moment because the president was there the seat of power of the United States was in that ballroom there at the Vanderbilt Plaza in Nashville because the president was there and no matter what was going on in the world he had access to it and the the wherever he was there was the seat of power for the United States for the executive branch anyway. About a week or two later I happened to be over at the same hotel for a meeting and I just for whatever reason I just went down to that same ballroom just to kind of peek in it where we had just been and I opened the door there was nobody around there was empty hallway and I opened the door and the whole room was completely empty I don't even think there were any chairs in there if there were just one or two but it was there was nothing there there was there was nothing there to indicate that the seat of power of the United States of America was just there. I was at Accra, Ghana on one of our many prosthetic limb trips where we take teams with us and the last night after we've had clinic the whole trip and so forth we go out to this really nice restaurant it's a resort there on the beach it's right near the clinic where we work during that same month President George W. Bush had also been to Ghana at the time we were there this is I think this was in 2007 or actually 2008 and he'd been there and they the the hotel manager I knew we'd get it on because we went there a lot with our teams he told me a lot of the preparations that they had to do to accommodate the president and he stayed in Cabana right there on the water they built they not only had to redo the phone lines they had special phone lines they brought in of course this is 2008 so technology's changed a lot since then but they had a dock that was built for beach exit in case there was some kind of emergency and there was a submarine parked off the coast there so they could get him out on a small one of those zodiac boats or whatever they had they had everything there they would just it was an amazing logistical feat to have the president of the United States sit there he stayed there for two nights at this place and which was kind of interesting because you know Bill Clinton went over there he never he stayed on the plane he was there one night he stayed on the plane on Air Force One when Barack Obama during one of our trips he was coming over there the same month they were painting everything they were painting everything to get all dressed up and gussied for Barack Obama to meet with their president and he didn't even spend the night in Ghana he just his motorcade just did this and he got got off the plane got in the car went to the capital met with the president and got back on the plane to the left but Bush stayed there for two nights and you make of that whatever you will but the point is wherever the sitting president of the United States went whether it's a hotel in Nashville whether it's a resort in Ghana there was the seat of power for the United States of America and when he left that power went with him now why am I telling you this because scripture says first Corinthians 3 16 do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's spirit dwells in you Romans 8 9 you however are not in the flesh but in the spirit in fact the spirit of God dwells in you anyone who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to him what are the implications of this you see where I'm going with this the spirit of God dwells within you scripture says the seat of power of the almighty is in you that's what it says right there in the scripture you are not in the flesh but in the spirit in fact the spirit of God dwells in you and his spirit doesn't leave that submarine is still not parked off the coast of Ghana waiting for the president to leave that cabana in case there was an emergency that podium and everything else I saw at the Vanderbilt plaza in Nashville is not there set up and the president of the United States is speaking there he's not there but the spirit of God dwells in you and the trappings of his office do not leave the power the presence the weight of his office does not leave wherever he is there is the presence and the power and the trappings of his office and he dwells in you do you understand the implications of this now as a caregiver that whatever you're doing however you're functioning throughout the day as a caregiver whether you're doing laundry whether you're mopping cleaning going to the hospital the hospital the pharmacy whatever you're doing the spirit of God dwells in you you are a temple of the holy spirit this is what the text says look at what Paul says in verse Corinthians 3 16 and 17 do you not know you are God's temple that God's spirit dwells in you if anyone destroys God's temple God will destroy him for God's temple is holy and you are that temple what are the implications of this as a caregiver well I think the first thing we can think about is our daily life as caregivers what are we doing you may think you're doing it in obscurity and that no one is noticing but is that accurate is that consistent with scripture I would suggest you know that it is not you may think you're doing something menial that has no value but if the holy spirit of God dwells in you I would suggest to you that everything you're doing has value to the kingdom has implications in ways that we can't even understand oh come on Peter I'm just mopping mop to the glory of God you think I made that up look at first Corinthians 10 31 so whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do do all to the glory of God sometimes I like to read in different translations or paraphrases just to better understand the nuances of the text and if you look at the message first Corinthians 10 31 through 33 I'll just give that whole thought so eat your meals heartily not hardly heartily not worrying about what others say about you and he's talking about sacrificing to idols that was the context coming you're eating to God's glory after all not to please them as a matter of fact do everything that way heartily and freely to God's glory at the same time don't be callous in your exercise of freedom thoughtlessly stepping on the toes of those who aren't as free as you are I try my best to be considerate of everyone's feelings and all these matters I hope you will be too Paul was talking about you know should we eat meat through a sacrifice to idols and so forth but he said look you're free in Christ do everything to the glory of God and I think we can rightly deduce from this that whatever we do whether it's task involved in caregiving do we do it to the glory of God can we well can we yes do we well you have to answer that for yourself I know I don't but I'd like to more because with understanding of this principle comes the opportunity to implement it more so I mean how many of us do laundry as caregivers you know nobody told me being a caregiver would involve so much laundry but you know what that's part of that's part of the job can you do laundry as a caregiver to the glory of God can you clean up the bathroom to the glory of God can you do that yeah you can will you do it you have to answer that but the next time you are doing these tasks that you think are so menial or or just unpleasant or whatever understand that the Holy Spirit of God resides there his flags his office his presence the seat of power is there with you in that bathroom as you clean a toilet something to think about isn't it this is Peter Rosenberg and this is hope for the caregiver we'll be right back you've heard me talk about standing with hope over the years this is the prosthetic limb ministry that Gracie envisioned after losing both of her legs part of that outreach is our prosthetic limb recycling program did you know that prosthetic limbs can be recycled no kidding there is a correctional facility in Arizona that helps us recycle prosthetic limbs and this facility is run by a group out of Nashville called CoreCivic and we met them over 11 years ago and they stepped in to help us with this recycling program of taking prostheses and you disassemble them you take the knee the foot the pylon the tube clamps the adapters the screws the liners the prosthetic socks all these things that you can reuse and inmates help us do it before CoreCivic came along I was sitting on the floor at our house or out in the garage and when we lived in Nashville and I had tools everywhere limbs everywhere and feet boxes of so forth that I was doing all this myself and I'd make the kids help me and it got to be too much for me and so I was very grateful that CoreCivic stepped up to say look we are always looking for faith-based programs that are integrated into the community say look we are always looking for faith-based programs that are interesting and that give inmates a sense of satisfaction and we'd love to be a part of this and that's what they're doing and you can see more about that at standingwithhope.com recycle so please help us get the word out that we do recycle prosthetic limbs we do arms as well but the majority of amputations are lower limb and that's where the focus of standing with hope is that's where Gracie's life is with her lower limb prosthesis and she's used some of her own limbs in this outreach that she's recycled obviously she's been an amputee for over 30 years so you go through a lot of legs and parts and other types of materials and you can reuse prosthetic socks and liners if they're in good shape all of this helps give the gift that keeps on walking and it goes to this prison in Arizona where it's such an extraordinary ministry think with that inmates volunteering for this they want to do it and they've had amazing times with it and I've had very moving conversation with the inmates that work in this program and you can see again all of that at standingwithhope.com recycle they're putting together a big shipment right now for us to ship over we do this pretty regularly throughout the year as inventory rises and they need it badly in Ghana so please go out to standingwithhope.com recycle and get the word out and help us do more if you want to offset some of the shipping you can always go to the giving page and be a part of what we're doing there we're purchasing material in Ghana that they have to use that can't be recycled we're shipping over stuff that can be and we're doing all of this to lift others up and to point them to Christ and that's the whole purpose of everything that we do and that is why Gracie and I continue to be standing with hope standingwithhope.com
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