As Sandwich Generation family caregivers, it's easy for us to feel like we're losing or have lost control due to health issues while caring for elderly parents, the grief that comes from hospice and death, etc. I have always appreciated the comforting and encouraging Bible verses from Genesis 50: 19-20, especially when life seems very overwhelming. The words were spoken by Joseph to his brothers, but I often remind myself of them for various situations I'm going through, including family health crises:
Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid … you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good …"
Having just finished reading "When the Hurt Runs Deep," by Kay Arthur, thanks to the free review copy sent to me by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, I was so encouraged by the chapter in this book that goes into great detail about Joseph's whole story. She thoroughly describes how he handled the adversity that kept "pummeling" him down and how he trusted God faithfully throughout.
Joseph was just one of the many Bible heroes Ms. Arthur used in this book to share Christian Biblical truths to answer the question, "Why does God allow suffering" and teach us how we should handle pain and suffering in a way that is pleasing to God. Job was another example she used and again she gives detailed examples and reasons based on his life and testimony. I was very familiar with his story having gone through a couple of different verse by verse Bible studies about him but, thanks to her particular focus, I learned new truths about handling trials involving pain and suffering that will be a big help to this Sandwich Generation granny nanny in years to come. I am sure they will be a blessing and an encouragement to you as well.
I loved that this is an interactive book. She has most of the inspirational Bible verses she refers to written out in the book. This makes it easy for those of us busy with caring for the elderly parents in our family, as well as babysitting grandchildren, to pick it up, read a bit, and put it down again if need be, without having to go look up the verses in the Bible. Very helpful! In addition, she strongly encourages you to underline what you read and use symbols to help you visualize a passage better – just as she does with her excellent Precepts verse by verse Bible studies. It really does help you dig deeper into the Word of God.
This 18-chapter book would make an excellent short-term daily devotional as well as a good read on an airplane. It even has a section of questions in the back of the book making it perfect for a small-group Bible study. If you are going through trials full of pain and suffering or know someone who is, this is an excellent resource and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's definitely a blessing for those of us in the Sandwich Generation caring for the elderly parents and relatives in our family, who may be going through Alzheimer's Disease with dementia symptoms, or dealing with the grief of loved ones dying, going through hospice and all that entails.