In Appreciation of Caregivers

Direct care is difficult, but holy work. Too often our society fails to hold their work with the high honor it deserves.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all God’s benefits.” – Psalm 103

Within our efforts to serve, we talk of direct support professionals (DSPs) as the “heart of Mosaic.” As the people who provide direct care in the lives of the people we support, they bring our mission of service and advocacy to life.

Day after day, they are consistent companions with those living with disabilities. They serve many needs. They listen, offer friendship, nurture community, instruct and guide. They often help with a person’s most intimate necessities. They give of themselves so that others might have a better, fuller life.

It is difficult, but holy work. And yet, too often our society fails to hold their work with the high honor it deserves.

They are not given large salaries or often recognized for the important role they play. Rarely do they hear words of praise for the difference they make. Far too often, they are simply taken for granted.

At every Rejoicing Spirits worship service, we encourage a moment of gratitude to express our appreciation to those providing direct care. We want them to know how valued they are, not just to the people they support but to the church and the world.

They are important, and we thank God for the care they give.

One of the unplanned benefits of Rejoicing Spirits is that often these care providers discover a faith home. Many have strained relationships with the church and they work several jobs to make ends meet, making it difficult to attend a Sunday morning service.

When they come to Rejoicing Spirits with the person they care for, they experience Christian community, a place of nurture for their journey of living. They connect with God and with others in vital ways.

For many direct support professionals, the fellowship time following worship becomes a great opportunity to talk with others. Organic support groups have formed. Vibrant relationships are cultivated.

One pastor shared that he had not realized how deeply he had become the “pastor” to the caregivers until he returned from a lengthy sabbatical and they lined up to share what had transpired in their lives while he was gone. He rejoiced in the power of community and being the Church together.

It’s in these simple moments that we realize how important honest steps of care and support can be for those who provide care for others.

They are important, and we thank God for the care they give.

One of the unplanned benefits of Rejoicing Spirits is that often these care providers discover a faith home. Many have strained relationships with the church and they work several jobs to make ends meet, making it difficult to attend a Sunday morning service.

When they come to Rejoicing Spirits with the person they care for, they experience Christian community, a place of nurture for their journey of living. They connect with God and with others in vital ways.

Rejoicing Spirits is a no-shush worship service model designed to help people with and without disabilities worship in a comfortable, judgment-free setting. Learn more online.

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