My sweet senior mom-in-law loves to say, "Growing old ain't for sissies!" As a member of the baby boomer generation, flirting with senior citizen status, I have to agree with her. Arthritis flare-ups, hip replacement surgery and recovery for loved ones, cataract surgery, Parkinsons Disease, Alzheimers Disease with dementia symptoms, sleep apnea – that's just a PARTIAL list of things my senior relatives have had to deal with over the last few years. I just have the arthritis at the moment, but sometimes I can't help thinking (worrying?) about what could be coming. Every time I do though, God reminds me of Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 12!
He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Talk about encouraging Bible verses for all of us in the Sandwich Generation – young as well as old! Yes, this electric powered medical mobility scooter can give "strength" to our weak parents, but CHRIST can BE our strength! AWESOME!
And you know, it's not just our aging parents who are dealing with severe health issues. I bet most of us have at least one friend or relative with one or more children dealing with major health issues – from cancer to autism to extreme food allergies and intolerances to learning difficulties and beyond. I know I do! Not only that. Did you notice the words "with insults…with persecutions…with difficulties? That definitely applies to caregivers as well – especially those dealing with senior parents with dementia symptoms!
Whatever our age or situation, we know we can rest in the power of Christ – for truly, when we are weak, THEN we are strong in the strength of the Lord as we rest in Him and HIS power. As Paul tells us in Ephesians 1, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ!"
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