This weekend started with Palm Sunday and, can you believe it? Next Sunday is Easter! I know Easter is a bit early this year but it just seems like time is flying way too fast, even with all the Sandwich Generation issues I keep juggling.
I just finished studying the book of Esther and have begun the book of Job. Both are full of encouragement for busy caregivers. So often, caregiving is not the "career" we set out to have. But, for me, it's definitely been a calling from God. One that is easier some days than others. On those days when it doesn't come as easy, for whatever reason (and we can all list about 1000 reasons, can't we?), God's Word is a tried and true blessing to my heart, along with encouraging praise and worship music. I know, that's a frequent chorus you hear at SandwichINK, but it never stops being true – and I pray it never, ever, EVER will!
This week, one of the comforting Bible verses came from James about Job. James 5:11 tells us, "We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful." Caregiving definitely requires a LOT of endurance. What a joy to know that we are blessed as we endure. And what an excellent reminder to follow in Christ's footsteps, praying LOTS for His compassion and mercy from us to others AND from others to us! And how cool that this Scripture, referring as it does to Job as an actual person, is a grand proof that the book of Job really is a true story! What a fun and vital fact to share with our grandkids! (Yes, I'm as much a Bible geek as a tech geek! :) ).
Easter blessings to all of you – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation. And for those of you who like corny jokes – and/or have grandkids who are a bit older, used to a bit of slapstick on TV, and don't mind a little humor about Bible stories (don't you love this LOOOONG caveat ) – I did enjoy this cute video by the Skit Guys.
I wouldn't use it with my younger grandkids, but I am going to share it with my older grandboys who will, hopefully, laugh at this AND learn more about Palm Sunday. What do you think?
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.