Celebrating the Support People in Our Lives

The support people in our life can make a big difference by caring. Vicki shares thoughts on caregivers, including the soldiers we acknowledge this weekend.
“May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to His anointed. He answers him from His heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of His right hand” (Psalm 20:5-6).

What’s a flag without its pole? A crumpled ball of cloth.

Does that describe you? Who acts as your flagpole? Is it a relative, a friend, a neighbor, a church member, or Rest Ministries?

My husband is my main support. When I used to work full time, it seemed impossible to get going in the morning. Howie literally had to raise me up in the morning. He gently hoisted me to a vertical position.

Howie’s the sturdy pole that allows me to soar. When storms of life swirl, he protects me from the elements and holds me close.

Flags stir emotions in our hearts as we see them waving in the wind. They mark victory at the end of a war. And fill us with pride.

When tied to my support person, I can also mark victory. Proclaiming it’s possible to stand firm in spite of a chronic illness.

Flags send messages of danger or safety. Thanks to that “Star Spangled Banner” which continued to wave, we have our national anthem. The stars and stripes symbolize our freedom.

I, too, can convey a message of liberty. The Holy Spirit has filled me with a message of freedom. So, I proclaim that in heaven I’ll be free from pain and disease. Free from the consequences of sin.

When flown at half-mast, a flag tugs at our heart. It’s a reminder of lives given to protect us. Filling us with gratitude for their sacrifices. On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave the ultimate gift for others.

I’m glad there is National Caregivers Month when we honor those who dedicate their lives to help others. A time when we give public thanks for their sacrifices.

The Bible introduces us to background heroes. Children, like the boy who shared his lunch so Christ could multiply it for the thousands. Or, young David who showed how we can stand up to the giants in our lives with God by our side.

Let’s salute those who are our own background heroes. The flagpoles in our lives who faithfully support us behind the scenes.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for the support people You’ve provided me. I lift up those who are lonely and discouraged. Send a support person into their lives. I ask You to pour out Your blessing upon those who daily provide help to people dealing with chronic illness. Bless Lisa for her dedication to Rest Ministries. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 31 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/

Who supports you? How do they help you stand firm (literally or figuratively)? How do your support people change your life?

Take a moment to remember the support people in your life while this young girl plays a beautiful rendition of “Taps.”

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