Labor Day Encouragement and Appreciation For The Sandwich Generation

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As Sandwich Generation senior home care givers and grandparents, many of us may look at Labor Day a bit differently than others. For those of us who also work outside the home, it does give a nice “breather” in the midst of a busy week. When it comes to senior home care giving and grandparenting in general, however, that is often a 24/7 responsibility. While many are taking it easy this weekend, maybe even off on mini-vacations, many more are at home, caring for loved ones in varying stages of illness. Some, like me, are currently in an easier stage and just being with their aging parents. Others are dealing with hospitals, hospice, and other more difficult and consuming needs.

Wherever we are with our caregiving responsibilities, I pray for each of us a restful, peaceful weekend with no crises and no new headaches. But if those also arise, I pray for each of us the wisdom to juggle the different needs, and for peace in the midst of turmoil.

And I offer these words of comfort and encouragement – both in the New American Standard Version and in my own “Sandwich Generation paraphrase.”

Colossians 1:28-29

We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

The Sandwich Generation version:

We proclaim Him, admonishing every grandchild and teaching them with all wisdom, so that we may join with their parents in presenting each precious little one complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving at all the tasks He has given me – with these blessed grandkids and with our beloved aging parents – according to His power, which mightily works within me.

1 Thessalonians 1:3

…Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.

The Sandwich Generation version:

…Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love, as you provide senior home care for your aging parents, oversee their needs, honor them according to God’s Word, while also caring for your grandchildren, teaching them more about God and His love for them, helping to bring them up in the care and nurture of the Lord and teaching them about the reasons for your steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK WITH SENIOR HOME CARE AND GRANDPARENTING!

I want to take this moment to tell each and every one of you THANK YOU! I know many of you hear that from your beloveds and that is wonderful. But many others don’t hear it very often. Sometimes your beloveds are too ill to say it, or dementia has robbed them of the ability. For whatever reason, you may not hear it often enough. But please know that your work – your labor – is appreciated. You are appreciated! And you are much beloved by God.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
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