Greetings! I send blessings of prayer and strength for your day from the heart of FOCUS. Oftentimes, we try to operate this thing called life with our own strength, and forget to ask for help. Think about it ... if we never position ourselves with God (vertically), our daily lives will be lived as though we are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders (horizontally). Listen, if we extended both arms out, shoulder high, how long will we be able to maintain that position before our arms weaken and fall? This is what happens when we go at life without God's help.
In essence, the people that we serve have done just that, which is why they may face challenges. Whether they are addicts, co-dependent, depressed, anxious or traumatized, they have tried to carry the weight of the cross under their own strength, and may have found it difficult to ask for help. Each of us at FOCUS serve as an Aaron and a Hur, the two men God used to hold up Moses' hands during the attack of the Amalekites. (Exodus 17:12-14) These two men served as Moses' caregivers, just as we serve the guests we encounter. FOCUS provides a stone for the guests to sit upon and each of us serve to come alongside of them to hold up their arms, whether in our Breakfast or Pantry Programs, as caregivers.
As a caregiver, we are charged with the responsibility to maintain a posture that produces victory and weariness in the same moment. Although we experience the battle that rages with some of our guests, we are positioned to rise above it to do what needs to be done. And, like Aaron and Hur, we also represent the ones who walk in relationship with the guests, rejoicing and even weeping with them, but always recognizing their needs and providing support as their caregiver.
So, on this WINS-day, celebrate your role as caregiver, remembering that you need God's strength to prevail. Read Psalm 28:7-8 and let it be the promise that you stand on today, for when we have done all else, the Bible says "stand." (Eph. 6:13) For when we stand on God's promises, we are sure to be the WINNERS we are called to be!
Rev. Renee Hollinshed