Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Family Crisis

Now that mom is getting up in years we are more frequently visited with the question, "What do we do now?" In planning for the comfort and care of mom we have found our family dynamics to interfere. Sibling rivalries, jealousies, and mistrusts spark emotions that cloud the issue at hand.

Shouldn't we have grown up and grown past these rusty old weapons for battles long over? Yes, we should, but in a single moment or a long ago heard accusation we bring out the oil and ammunition ready to make ourselves the hero. All the while, Moms' needs are being pushed aside for another day.

Dealing with an aging parent is stressful and sad at times. We do not want to face our own aging and maybe that is why we revert back to our childish ways. Could we be hoping that Mom in her fragile state will rise up and become strong, settling our squabbles with wisdom and a firm hand? Oh, that it could be so, but time does not turn back our strength like our emotions do.

Father God, I hear You whisper, "Let go! Let Me lead. Let my Spirit guide your emotions, your words, and your ways. Trust Me!" Thank You for taking us with You on this timeless journey. You are love and we who are Your children live in You! Let me learn Your ways, Lead others, and love You with all my heart and soul, mind and strength and others as I do myself.
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