What is a caregiver’s greatest need?
It is not skill, although it is a good to get all the training possible.
It is not perfection, although it is good to do your very best.
It is not resources, although it is necessary to have the right supplies and aids.
It is not support, although it is important to have help and encouragement.
It is not more time away, although it is important to take breaks, have leisure time, and be refreshed.
The greatest need of a caregiver is love.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1Corinthians 13:13 NJKV
Love is the fountain from which care, at its deepest level, flows. Love at this level is something far beyond what human love can give. Human love, although sincere and sacrificial, has its limitations and weaknesses. God is the only source of love without limits and whose love does not fail. God’s love flows on when human love has been expended, and the resources of His love will never be depleted.
Through faith, God’s love can be depended upon, leaned upon, and drawn upon. Through the Holy Spirit, God pours out His love freely into the needy heart of a believing caregiver (Romans 5:5).
The fruit of His love is like a cluster of grapes that brings forth the sweet wine of joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
God, only Your love can do what my love cannot do, and only Your love can be what my love cannot be. I am in need of Your unfailing and limitless love. Love through me today. By faith, I ask You to pour forth, through my heart, love’s sweetest wine of kindness, patience, longsuffering, gentleness, and self-control. Be in me the love that never stops hoping, never stops believing, and never comes to an end. Amen!