Well, Pop (my father-in-law) came home on Thursday and it’s been a whole new way of life for all of us. Pop is doing well and getting stronger each day but he still has a ways to go. He is readjusting to being at home as is Lady (my term of endearment for my mother-in-law). In keeping with Exodus 20:21–“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” all the immediate family is partaking in the care of Pop and Lady.
One way is family has decided to bring them dinner twice a week and signed them up for free delivered lunches from our local senior citizen center. They are light eaters so this arrangement will work for them. It also relieves Lady from cooking meals daily. Now she can pick and choose when she wants to do that.
Another way is our children and I will go over once a week to do some cleaning so that its not overwhelming for Lady as she still likes to tend to her home. We don’t want to “step on her toes” yet we still want to help her out. Plus, Pop and Lady are getting more comfortable with asking for help which has not been easy for them.
Thirdly, since we are a big immediate family, we have decided to pick days for each family to spend time visiting and filling any needs they may have. It can be overwhelming for lots of people to be present at once as Pop is still in the healing process. We want to be sensitive to this while we love on him.
Lastly, we have discussed grocery shopping, general home maintenance, car care and other concerns.
I share this with you not to boast but to show how we are taking care of Pop and Lady in this stage of life. Maybe you will find encouragement if you are in this season or coming up on it. It can be a trying and emotional time for families as their parents grow in age. However, it is about evaluating the situation and finding what works in the moment. The Word tells us, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Timothy 5:8)
Wonderfully, the Lord has blessed us with precious people to cover Pop and Lady in prayer as well as offer to help with any need. I, personally, want to thank those of you who held Pop in prayer. Lady was just telling me how much they have felt the prayers. So, thank you friends for praying for my father-in-law. It truly means so much to me. God bless you.
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