What is the purpose in all this?

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So often, I question, Why am I going through this? As a Christian, I'm not supposed to feel this way! She's still alive, so God must have a purpose for her. There is incredible guilt that goes along with those questions and feelings. I search some Christian care giving sites and found this little nugget to be encouraging. Thought I would pass it along. Basic info, but powerful if you just take a moment to meditate on it.

The Spiritual Aspects of Caregiving

Trust me! This may be painful but its for the best! God tells us that [w]hen you pass through the fire, you will not be burned. He wants us to remember that though fire burns, it also purifies. The Refiner wants believers to look at the positive aspects that caregiving offers:
A closer relationship with God
Trust in God
A sense that others are watching your faith in action
A more mature faith, purified by testing
The ability to face and handle negative emotions
Healing of previous hurts, especially involving family fallouts

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We all have some personal constance that allows us
to get out of bed and start another day
whether we are caregiving or not.

What ever you personally want to call it,
we are all individuals here,
and DIVERSITY is key in solving problems
and finding comfort.

And since we are all individuals and our situations are unique to us,
that we rise and gain confidence in sharing our stories,
and RESPECT PEOPLE who have DIFFERENCES as just that differences,
but one day you may be surprised that a person with a differing opinion, will be the one, who can either change your opinion (path) or allow you to become more confident in the path have chosen.
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Yes, bringing religion into it can create problems...for some of us. For others, it can be a source of useful information and strength. None of us is fully aware of all that goes on in the lives of those who come to this forum for help or where each of us is coming from.
I consider myself to be a "religious" person but, frankly, I've found some of the posts that could be classified as "religious" to be inappropriate and of no value...to me. Others may have found considerable value in the same posts.
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I have tremendous faith and I believe in a higher power, I would not want to push my ideas on anyone and I guess it really is a matter of just taking what you need and leaving the rest. I am not offended by anyone searching for answers and finding them in whatever meaningful way that they can.
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Madeaa, the post was written to encourage those who put their faith in God. Such people cannot keep "religion" out of any aspect of their lives. I'm sorry if you found it offensive.
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I think we'd be better served if we kept the religion out of it, it creates problems just like politics. I agree, don't judge, we just do not know and as Shakespear wrote: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.166-7), Hamlet to Horatio
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We are experience caregiving differently. Actually, I have gone through several different stages of it myself over the past year. When I had my daughter here to help, caregiving was simply that had to be done. When my daughter was no longer here but I had several months off of work, caregiving was more emotionally challenging but I was in it for the long haul. Now with no support and an emotionally and physically draining job, caregiving is emptying of everything...my energy, my spirit and my soul. We can not ever judge another or truly understand what another is going through. Sending love to all.
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We have two major instances of caregiving in the New Testament. In one instance, a man named Simon was chosen to help Jesus carry his cross when Jesus was no longer able. Many of us do this for our parents when they are no longer able to carry their own burdents. The second instance is Jesus's account of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritan paid someone else to care for the man who had been beaten on the road. It is a good Biblical reference to AL/NH care when the person was unable to do the caring himself.

In both instances there was man-induced suffering, but the suffering was made more bearable by the caregiver. And in both instances there was redemption.

Now, I am not a religious person, but if I were perhaps I would say that caregiving is a road to redemption for all involved. How we provide the care is not as important as finding love in it. If God is love, it makes sense to me.
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Thanks for posting this! I am having troubles with the fear factor, loosing my cool, feelings of being overwhelmed by it all. I keep turning to the Lord for help, but I also have the negative feelings. Purified by fire, boy, I don't think I'll ever be the person I was 4 weeks ago. Thanks again!
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As humans we want answers. Unfortunately, in this life we are not privy to them.
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I don't understand why God has to be omnipotent and omniscient, or why the world he created has to be perfect. It obviously isn't perfect, and I, for one, don't blame God or "original sin" for pain and suffering. Creatures eat other creatures to survive. It is what it is.

I think God loves me, but I also understand that I am just one of seven billion ants, certain to meet my end, not "special" except to a few people. Why should I be spared suffering? Not that I don't complain and moan and groan, but I accept my difficulties from a philosophical standpoint.

I was born and have to live here until I die. It makes sense to try to be happy. Loving people and doing useful work and finding beauty everywhere and laughing at almost everything seems like the best way to be happy. Who knows what will happen after I die?
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