The first time I saw the video, “A Parent’s Love,” it reminded me to be more loving and patient with mom, and showed me that I hadn’t been. I became reflective and put myself in her place, remembering how she took care of me as a child and was still actively supportive of me as an adult. I was deeply moved with a strong need to increase my love and serve her better. Now, after serving her through her stroke rehabilitation and heart complications, I experienced a need to view this video again and recharge my intention.
“A Parent’s Love” video is the portrayal of parents’ requesting, from their children, more patience and love when they become more childlike as old age comes.
It has been a challenging and very stressful journey since mom took sick because I was unexpectedly and suddenly propelled into a full-time caregiver, in addition to having health challenges of my own, and being a self-employed entrepreneur striving to build a profitable business. But God … He has been encouraging me to hold on through this testing time with songs of comfort and prayer support from my spiritual communities. Weariness has created a need for an attitude adjustment from time to time when mom is behaving difficult and unloving; and so I write these words to remind myself and encourage other caregivers that our parents absolutely deserve our time, love and patience, and “it is a God requirement to honor our parents”.
(Ephesians 6:1-3) “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
(Mark 7:10) “For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’”
I declare that I am a caregiver, who loves my mom and intends to honor and serve her with increased love and patience by God’s grace, strength and mercy, trusting that He will work out the details. In Jesus name, amen and so it is!
Jo Anne Meekins is the founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries and Inspired 4 U Publications; and an author, publisher, coach and speaker.