A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

Sea of Galilee

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Vol. 10 pg 22 (06-02-11)


I am a Caregiver – helping those who enter my life.

        There are many caregivers out there.  They come in all ages, even teenagers and pre-teens.  They are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, husbands, wives, and, sometimes, just dear friends. Oftentimes caregivers are middle-aged, dealing with aging parents and teenage children at the same time, doubling their sacrifices. Sometimes caregivers do not share a residence with the patient but visit several times a day with groceries or a hot meal.  Some caregivers take off from work and lose pay to escort a relative to appointments or work in charitable organizations for meager salaries.

Caregivers perform their duties out of love or a sense of responsibility.  They are selfless.  They give of their time, their money, and their personal lives.  They quite often provide services, without even a thank-you from others.  They give while receiving little in return.  We salute you!

If you know a caregiver, thank her!  Offer to give him a break by staying with his relative if you can.  Or, donate your time and money to support the organization, church or group that is helping those in need and those you love.

If you are a caregiver, I want to thank you for your sacrifice and time.  Your efforts often go unrecognized.  Many people do not know what you go through and how you give of yourselves.  However, in my mind, you are an unseen hero, and your sacrifice is part of what makes our society great!  Thank you.

More than any other human need, perhaps even more than food and shelter, we human beings need to touch one another. We need to stay in contact and acknowledge our interdependence and love in order to live in a sacred way.

Think about your own life, of the times that you have deeply touched another person both physically and/or emotionally and what that has meant to you, of the times of difficulty when you have allowed another person to touch you, to help you. It is not with the righteousness of our ideas that we solve the ills of the world, but with the power of our kindness and our capacity to be caring and intimate with one another. Through reaching out and caring for another we become conscious that we are all equal; with this knowledge we become one in the love of God

In the Gospel story where the apostles get trapped in a sudden and wild storm on the Sea of Galilee, we find a lesson for peacemakers and caregivers.

When the waves first rose and the boat began to rock the apostles worked hard and with hope in order to survive the raging storm. But then they lost heart and allowed the storm outside to come inside.

It’s easy to imagine the apostles as frantic, disconnected, out of control. In their desperation they awaken a peaceful Jesus who questions their faith and calms the storm by projecting his inner stillness, his inner harmony and his inner peace.

Sometimes we peacemakers are more like the apostles. We have allowed the war around us to become part of us. Too often we only worsen the situation by projecting our fear and guilt and despair.

What we want to do is become like Jesus – to have that still center that nothing can disturb. In that way we are true caregivers and peacemakers, persons who help others and project peace wherever we go.


Dedicated to the Caregivers

Rev. Janet Childs- May, 2011

The courage of your heart

The insight of your mind

The compassion of your spirit

Lights the way, lights the way

The candle of your wisdom shines the hope

The steady anchor of your presence brings the peace

The strength of your clarity creates the safety

Your constant empowering support of me

Allows release of all the burdens that I carry in my life

And you hold the candle for me

Until I can take it from your hand

You walk the road beside me

Until I proudly take the stand

The Map to True Peace

If it doesn’t challenge you, it’s not faith.

If it’s not motivated by love, it’s not God.

If it doesn’t hurt, it’s not growth.

If it doesn’t bring you peace, it’s not worth it.

By Rev. Derick Wilson/Philadelphia PA (Facebook Post 5/23/11)

You might be a caregiver if:

An outing consists of going to get the mail.

Coffee, cola, and aspirin are food groups.

The pattern on the hood of your car is actually 2 year old cat paw prints.

Fast food means shoveling in leftover tuna noodle surprise by the cold light of the fridge after the chores are done well past 10pm.

The first place you look when your loved one has misplaced their shoes is the fridge.

You’ve got the new, 24 hour, $19.99 a month unlimited Access to God Prayer Plan, and they are now telling you your limit has been reached.

Vacations are what you take just before you fall asleep.

You can spot an uncaring physician from 20 feet even before they open their mouths.

When you and your loved one find a caring and understanding physician you first weep uncontrollably then fall on your knees and worship.


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