Below is an excerpt from an article on caregiving:
Unless Joseph was stricken by sudden death, he would have needed end of life care like everyone else. We don't know if Joseph had a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, cancer, ALS, Alzheimer's, or dementia that led to his death. But it is possible nonetheless that he needed care for months or even years before he passed on. I believe that Mary and Jesus would have taken the responsibility to care for Joseph very seriously. We know that Jesus loved Lazarus; imagine for a moment how much more emotional Joseph's failing health and death made Jesus. He would have put all his heart into Joseph's care.
Here is what I am getting at: It is entirely possible that Jesus shared in the caregiving ministry with us.
Do you think it is possible Jesus was a caregiver? Your thoughts and reflections are very welcomed. Thank you!
Unfortunately I"ve been hearing and seeing too much on the news to see how cruel humans can be so it's not surprising that some enter these gates with cruel intentions. Some people need to put others down in order to feel good about themselves. It will all get sorted out eventually ) HUGS to you for having a good heart :)
I was only stating that I have noticed some rather caustic remarks about this specific question. I have also noticed a darker (less than kind) number of comments of a variety of topics...and we need to make sure we are thinking before we write. I don't know what it is about this form of communication which tends to excite or minds and, sometimes, overrules our delete keys or filters. (Did you see the stuff they wrote that poor pregnant weather person on TV last week? Wow!)
I think that the question of Faith can be touchy, just like politics. It doesn't mean we should avoid them...just take care of our own responses. I will try to be clear on my comments and responses, trying to keep them on topic and to the point without going after the writer. I ask others to consider the same.
If we can talk about turkey basters, anger at our parents, and various bodily functions, surely we can have a discussion that involves faith or history or both.
This should be a safe place where we can share our thoughts, worries, concerns, frustrations and ideas...
I also think that God (in all manners and forms) is a care giver and that is good to remember...we are not alone...no matter how dark the day. And that is also comforting. Footprints in the sand...one set while we are being carried....
I just want to ask my fellow brothers and sisters in care giving to please treat each other with kindness. Some, have only here to find that kindness, and we don't want to chase people away. I am not saying we can't disagree, let's just disagree in a manner that is reflective of our true natures. It is hard to tell if someone is kidding in posts and things - especially if the humor is not clearly stated or more sarcastic. Perhaps we could come up with a sign that means joking like (%) or something and put that before or after our "humorous" statements.
If you are not really into what someone posts or a question they ask then skip it ...and read another... ;)
YES Jesus was a caretaker. Correction, He was and is a Caregiver, and a good model for the rest of us (regardless of your beliefs as to His Divine Nature).
the hardest things in life generally are the most rewarding .
i have no fond memories of the military . every job i ever had out - sucked the previous one . my marriage ended badly and now occupational based arthritis is making life difficult but i feel fulfilled in that i was my mothers domestic partner as her life came to an end .
in hindsight we were propping up each other .
In the Bronze Age (Jesus' era), old age was around 40. Over 40 was ancient.
I don't believe they had many incidences of dementia or modern day old age related problems simply because people just did not exist that long. There were so many other things that would get you way before a dementia could set it.
Men were not caregivers traditionally speaking, back then. That was women's work. Just like child rearing.
It's very easy to misinterpret the past looking through modern day lenses, and project today's sentiments and ways of being onto that time. But it's false.
Would it be useful to me to think that Jesus was a caregiver? Or that Moses was, or Buddah, or Muhammad? I don't see how.