Quiet Moments for Caregivers by Betty Free
Review by Rich O'Boyle, Publisher
"Quiet Moments for Caregivers: Devotional and Worship Ideas for Caregivers and Care Receivers" by Betty Free
|In a Nutshell:
Too often the strains of caregiving push individuals further away from their loved ones,
themselves, and their spiritual centers. Betty Free's book of prayers is designed to
bridge the divide and encourage a stronger bond among all those involved.
The prayers are arranged intelligently around themes that confront caregivers daily, as well as over the long term. She encourages us to meditate on love and family, but also change, worries, and fear. Like all expereinced caregivers, Betty knows the power of laughter and hope. She appropriately shares her prayers in those areas as well. With over 50 prayers, the book serves as a weekly missal or bedside reading.
Betty does not neglect the important wisdom that the role of the caregiver is tied to the role of the care receiver (as well as to higher relationships with family, society, and God). Betty shares additional prayers specifically for care receivers, making this a particularly unique and valuable book. The inclusion of hymns and spiritual songs at he the end of the book encourages lively musical interaction between caregivers and care receivers.
I began by saying that the strain of caregiving often strains one's relationship with God: caregivers ask, "Why me?" or "How can God be so cruel?" But I also note that the challenge of caregiving more often brings about a spiritual change and insight. This book can be a catalyst for anyone who seeks that insight but needs an experienced guide.
Adoration: Praise to God for being in control
"The One In Charge"
Dear Father in heaven,
How glad I am to be your child!
I praise you for being in charge of my dads life
You brought Dad through cancer surgery and gave him almost twenty more years of life.
I praise you for being in charge of Moms life too.
You brought her through chemotherapy twenty-five years ago, and she is still here!
Youve been in charge all along, dear Lord.
Youve brought us through good and bad.
Now that Dad is with you and Mom at ninety-three
Im glad you continue to be in charge.
I have many decisions to make about Moms care.
And I need your help, dear Father.
I must allow you to be the Lord of my choices.
Forgive me when I forget who is in charge.
Help me not to try to do your work for you.
the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior.
Family: showing love even when its not returned
How thankful I am that my parents loved me and understood me.
Just as you first loved me and gave me a desire to be like you,
Over the years Ive come to expect total acceptance
Father, I ask that you help me now when Mom
Help me not to respond to anger with anger.
I know Mom isnt herself when she throws a tantrum.
I know she is confused and frustrated and frightened.
Whats my excuse, Lord?
I still have the ability to reason and understand.
Forgive me for expecting from Mom what she is no longer capable of giving.
Fill me with your love so that I can offer total acceptance even
when it may seem undeserved. After all, my parents accepted me in spite of my
I need to pray the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
In the name of my loving Savior.
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