Truth and Grace

Grace fills the corners of our darkness.

Grace fills the corners of our darkness.

Today I’m joining Lisa-Jo Baker and the Five-Minute Friday crowd for the prompt of the week: True. Writing for five minutes without editing or backtracking–Go!

They say God provides grace for every moment of a
caregiver’s journey.

True.

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
Moments of doubt and frustration;
Tired of wearing a happy face state of grace and tired of
acting like the strong one who could
shoulder the chemo and the radiation and the
tender hearts and cuts and bruises and hurt feelings of
children facing too much too young.

And God did provide
Grace for the journey. I knew an
invisible, yet warm and loving hand rested on my
shoulder when I gazed into the future and didn’t know
if Pedro had a next hour, a next minute or a next breath.

I saw His grace in casseroles and money left in books and early-morning
rides to the airport and selfless giving in times of utter darkness.

Nonetheless,
Caregiving creates a loneliness inside, an
utter exhaustion that clouds the picture of grace once the
race for life is won.

True.
God provides grace for the
recovering caregiver’s journey, too. Through
found friends in similar circumstance, a
sympathetic listener who ‘gets’ the term ‘recovering cancer caregiver.’
God provides community to part the clouds so I once again see His
Grace.

–Stop!
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Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a 'recovering cancer caregiver' who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Your words are very touching. I’m your neighbor at Five Minute Friday. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read your words. They are truly beautiful.

    • Anita Ojeda

      Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

  • Returning the FMF visit – wow, your words are beautiful and offer peace, but with deep pain cohabiting in them. I love that you see God’s grace in the casseroles and rides and the giving of others while you give out so much.

    • Anita Ojeda

      Thank you for your kind words, Janice :).

  • Cheering you from the sidelines at FMF. Take your time. I know this place well. Keep reaching out. Bless you sister.

    • Anita Ojeda

      Thank you for the cheers, Lorretta! Have you spent time as a caregiver?

  • This is lovely and honest and true. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

    • Anita Ojeda

      Thanks for stopping by, Debi, and thank you for your encouraging words :).

  • Such a beautiful truth. Your story is such a blessing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Anita Ojeda

      Thank you for stopping by, Amy! Have a blessed day :).

  • I enjoyed the opportunity to stop in and read your beautiful words. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings.

    • Anita Ojeda

      Thank you for stopping by!

  • Thankful that you shared your truth. It takes a special kind of angel to be a caregiver, frustrations and all, and what a blessing you are!

    • Anita Ojeda

      Thank you for your kind words :).