Lord, I know you love me just as much when Im coping as when Im not. You want to help me. You reach out to me but sometimes Im so burdened I cant reach out to you. Help me to see I dont need to carry all this alone. Let me empty out the burdens in my arms at the foot of your cross. There they go - all the tiredness, the over responsibility, the constant watchfulness. There, Lord, all of it - and now I have empty arms to reach out to you and accept your loving embrace.
From 17, Let it out!
As a full-time carer for her husband, who suffers from dementia as a result of MS, Dorothy M. Stewart can identify only too well with the six million people in the UK who look after family members at home.
This book of brief Bible readings, meditations, prayers and self-help suggestions has been written especially for those who have very little time for themselves. Both realistic and upbeat, it will strengthen carers to face squarely the many challenges and struggles of their role - one day at a time.
Dorothy M. Stewart is the author of The BlufferÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Guide to Publishing (Ravette), Women of the Spirit (Lion) and The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers (Westminster John Knox). She is a lay preacher in the United Reformed Church and lives in Halesworth, Suffolk
Responses from carers to One Day at a Time:
I very much enjoyed reading your thoughts - and the references to Scripture were particularly apposite. Being the parent of a handicapped 25-year-old girl is, of course, completely different from coping with dementia. In a way, all who love are carers.
I cannot believe how varied your prayers, suggestions and writings are!
This was written by a true carer. I wish I had your faith. A beautiful, truly inspiring and helpful book for all in a carers position.