The guest presenter caught my attention with a message that applied to all of us, not just the youth. He talked about needing to hit the "Pause Button” periodically in our busy, highly-scheduled, cyber-connected lives. We all need to Pause: to disconnect and take time to rest, to sit, to wait, to find a space for solitude where we can spend time with God.
This issue of Connections includes a focus on the experience of caregivers. For the caregiver, taking time off to “go up the mountain to pray” and be alone like Jesus regularly did can seem like a luxury that is out of reach. This does not mean, however, that God does not also call caregivers to rest. It means that caregivers and their supports, need to be even more intentional about it.
Friends and family do not always understand the demands that caregivers live under. Teaching and learning might be the needed step for friends and family to move from concerns to active help to make rest and Pause available. If you are a caregiver, and this feels like you, please ask for help and make your needs known. If you don’t know where to turn, contact us at ADN, and we can connect you to the resources and the help that you may need.
Kathy Nofziger Yeakey, ADN Executive Director