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Dear Friends


You're Doing What
Really Matters!

Week of October 12, 2015
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Dear Friends,

As a caregiver you're doing a lot and . . . you're doing more than you may realize.

It's not unusual for a caregiver to say "I'm only . . . " or "I just . . . " when describing helping a loved one. And then to continue with an example of someone who's "doing so much more." Someone who "has it so much harder."

Your perspective isn't surprising. In a similar way, there are others who have a harder time when it comes to their jobs, their finances, their family relationships, their health and so on. But that doesn't mean your job, finances, family relationships, health and all the rest are trouble-free or worry-free.

What you're doing as a caregiver --what God has invited you to do and what you've agreed to do -- is unique because you and your loved one are like no other two people in the world. Because your shared history and relationship are unique. Because your abilities and other obligations and his or her needs are one-of-a-kind.

But still . . . what you're doing is more than what you may realize you're doing.

You're doing what -- Christ says in Matthew 25:31-46 -- really matters.

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

"He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

"Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'

"Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'

"And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

Some days, and some nights, that's not easy. God knows caregiving is hard!

Members of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver around the world are praying for you, and for your care-receiver.

You and your loved one remain in my prayers, too.

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I encourage you to take a moment and look through our order form. We're here to help family caregivers, care-receivers, and those who help both! You can find our order form here. All items are free. Always free! You can mail it in, send us an e-mail, or give us a call.

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And again this week we cordially invite you to join the Friends of St. John the Caregiver! (FSJC's programs include and You can find out more about becoming a member here.

No meetings, no dues. All we ask is that you pray for caregivers and those receiving care. Our members include caregivers, care-receivers, and those who support both (including quite a few former caregivers).

You can:

sign up on-line here

or call us toll-free at 1-800-392-JOHN (5646)

or print and mail an application form.

God bless you!


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It's for those who are helping a:

  • spouse
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  • child with special needs
  • sibling with special needs
  • family member or
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