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KimDecember 12, 2020

Loved this. The sensitivity and tenderness in the authors response, validating and encouraging those in this situation was beautifully done.

MJSDecember 11, 2020

This is not an easy road. But it can be a consecrating road. My experience is different in origin, but the lessons may be parallel. Her disabilities, and inabilities, whatever they are exactly, are not eternal. How does she show her husband that she loves him? What daily actions or responses demonstrate her heart? Is there substance there, and can he see the eternal future in the joy of that day when all these mortal handicaps fall away? I was just rereading 2Corinthians 4:17 this morning: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." We feel the affliction is not 'light' now that we're living it, but before we came to this earth we saw and understood the 'glory' as we cannot on this side of the veil. That was a powerful insight to me at a point of need. Who is your wife as a daughter of God who will have all losses restored in that glory which is to come? Can you learn to place the burdens of those present losses at the Savior's feet, and through the power of his love and presence find lightness of heart? Ask and keep asking to be able to see her as the Savior sees her. Create, use, and recognize a support system. Get care for yourself, get medical or counseling support grounded in the gospel, remember that your own needs matter--don't just subsume them in being a caretaker, that's unsustainable and not what God requires of you or wants for you--but there may be a path of happiness here still. Prayers and hope go with you.

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