Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Transfiguration of a Caregiver

The Transfiguration  - that moment in which Peter, John and James saw the reality of  Jesus' being - was both preceded and followed by a discussion of suffering. Even in the moment of his greatest revelation of glory in his earthly life, Jesus alerted his followers that he was headed toward suffering and death.

In Matthew, the story is preceded in Matthew 16:24-25 with this statement: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

Caregiving has a lot of losing your life to it. And if you are doing it, even in part, because you believe that God is asking you to, you will be blessed by it.  You will find your life. And you will find it as you drag a heavy cross through winding streets to a sad end.

You, too, can be transfigured. That's why you got this job to begin with.  The greatest honor that God gives to a soul, I once read, is not to give it great things, but to ask of it great things. 

How to be transfigured? It's in the sentence, too.  "Follow me." Or, in the final recorded words of the Virgin Mary at Cana, "Do whatever he tells you."

When the cross is very heavy, you may need help. Even Jesus did. We're starting a new Support and Recovery group at Vineyard Columbus on April 7 to help people who are caregivers to those with mental illness. If you'd like to know more, you're welcome to contact me at

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