play_arrow

keyboard_arrow_right

Listeners:

Top listeners:

skip_previous play_arrow skip_next
00:00 00:00
chevron_left
volume_up
chevron_left
  • cover play_arrow

    Premier Christian Radio Your voice of hope!

Daily Devotionals

Day 4 – Issue 21

todayMay 1, 2015 6

Background
share close

Be Still Know

1 Timothy 5:8 NLT

But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.

Nearly two years ago, Mum asked if she could move in with us. After eleven years on her own, following Dad’s death, the challenge of running her flat and managing life was becoming a struggle. We agreed and together we found a more rural location which gave Mum a garden, birdsong and the security she wanted. Learning to live together has not been easy, yet it has been rewarding. Rewards are not easily won, so there has been a measure of struggle for each of us to unearth them.

In a society that uses the word [itals]aged[end itals] as a synonym for ill, there is little patience or appropriate provision for the aged. We create rest homes or nursing homes, depending upon the degree of need, and assume everyone wants to be institutionalised in their final years. Mum has spent two weeks on respite care while Jayne and I took a holiday. It was a nice home and excellent service, yet she came away exhausted from resisting the demands that she join in well-intentioned activities. It was assumed she’d be better off participating than not. The intention was good, yet it was built upon a false assumption.

Paul directs the Christian to provide for relatives, and I take that to mean more than alleviate financial needs. It is to provide for their complete wellness. Yet, for some families there are no relatives, for others fractured relationships or abusive histories. Who is my relative? might be my question to God.

If family begins at the foot of the cross when I enter into friendship with God and with my neighbour, where there is neither slave nor free, Jew nor Greek, male nor female, then do I carry a responsibility for my Christian relatives, known and unknown? Of course, I’m related to a global family whose size is too great for a personal response. Yet with a little imagination and creative thought, we the Church might find appropriate ways to respond to Paul’s injunction.

QUESTION: Are there elderly people you know to whom you might offer your support?

PRAYER: Lord, may those who lived long in this life not be forgotten or left alone.

Written by: Matt Weet

Rate it

Previous post

Interviews

Pastor Jo Naughton’s soul detox challenge

Inspirational Breakfast with Esther Higham It seems like barely a minute goes by without the newspapers reporting a new fad diet, celeb cleansing craze or something similar. However, what about cleansing our soul?Pastor Jo Naughton popped in to speak to Inspirational Breakfast about her '30 Day Detox for Your Soul'. Toxic mindsets, influences and attitudes all have an impact on our our self-esteem and our relationship with God. How can […]

todayApril 30, 2015 28 3


Similar posts

Daily Devotionals

Day 28 – Issue 38

Be Still Know Nehemiah 2.4-5 NLTThe king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are […]

todayMay 1, 2015 4


0%