“There are only four kinds of people in the world,” former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has said. “Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” A sobering thought but a reality we’re all likely to confront at some point in our lives. As someone who once cared for a friend with cancer and also briefly needed a caregiver myself after an operation, I thought I had a decent handle on the subject. Then I became the editor of Strength & Grace, our bi-monthly devotional magazine focused on caregiving and found I still had a lot to learn. What has struck me the most are all the ways in which our writers illuminate the journey of caregiving—the stresses and struggles as well as the opportunities for emotional and spiritual growth. I’d never thought of caregiving quite that way before: an opportunity not only to get to know our loved ones better but also to examine our relationships with God and with ourselves.
In the past, whenever I’d considered the possibility of one day becoming a caregiver for one or both of my parents, the truth is I started to panic. But after reading and editing our contributors’ devotions, which are equally pragmatic and inspiring, I’ve found my panic immeasurably lessened. Though our caregivers never sugarcoat the multitude of challenges they face, the moments of unsurpassed poignancy, deepening bonds and— yes—joy help balance the load. Here, three of our writers share their stories and hard-won advice with you.
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The Pastor's Wife
Her perfect family life wasn’t turning out so perfect
It started out as a favor. It became a burden. How could I learn to say no?
To the stars
Like father, like daughter. This pioneering space shuttle astronaut always looked up to her war-hero dad. The inspiring lessons he taught her
The Rewards of Caregiving
Three family caregivers share their most important spiritual takeaways
The Art of the Apology
Feel good about saying you’re sorry
The Most Powerful Words
Depression affects 16 million Americans. And I’m one of them. Here’s what I’ve learned
Speak My Word!
The whole house shook. The windows rattled as if they’d give way any second. Then I heard a command
Our Trip to Branson
“Whether I live or die, I know I’ll be okay,” my best friend said. What I wondered, though, was, would I?
My Old School
Why was I the only one who cared about my son’s graduation ceremony?
All in Good Time
Meet Ruth Logan Herne, an author in Guideposts’ new mystery series, Miracles & Mysteries of Mercy Hospital
EX-TEACHER BUSTED FOR DUMPING ON RIVALS
A RETIRED high school teacher is in deep doo-doo after cops cited him for repeatedly relieving himself in his neighbor’s yard!
ROBERT DUVALL, 90, PLANS DREAM BABY!
Wants first child to secure legacy
SAJAK, 74, WANTS HIS MOJO BACK!
Aging Wheel host dyes hair & plans plastic surgery to win younger fans
LAUER'S HEARING WEDDING BELLS!
DISGRACED Matt Lauer has put his TV comeback on the back burner to focus on a fall wedding with Shamin Abas, sources say.
I DIDN'T KNOW HIS GUN WAS LOADED!
Socialite’s latest explanation for killing top cop
MAXWELL'S TORMENT IN PRISON HELL HOLE!
Gruesome ordeal designed to make Epstein madam take a plea deal
MY GRANDPARENTS' GHOSTS TOLD ME TO SELL OUT MOB!
Mafia turncoat John Pennisi’s odd confession
FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES!
Gator gnaws diver’s head as he hunts for ancient shark teeth
F. LEE BAILEY'S TWISTED SECRET LIFE!
Dream Team bulldog died bitter,disbarred drunk – and broke
AIRBUS-BOEING DEAL EASES US EU TENSIONS BUT CONFLICTS REMAIN
The deal the United States and the European Union reached this week to end their long-running rift over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus will suspend billions in punitive tariffs. It will ease trans-Atlantic tensions. And it will let the two sides focus on a common economic threat: China.