How To Care Without Carrying2019-06-04T07:49:05+00:00

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How To Care Without Carrying

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We all know that God moves when we pray.

You know one of the wonderful things that I love when I mentor the WEAC (Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre)  team fairly regularly and what I really love about it is that we start in prayer and we finish in prayer. And I know that all of you pray and it’s really important to debrief after a team meeting because one of my volunteers in long-term care came to me and she said, “You know it’s really hard for me to come here and the more I come and the more I see people that are so tragically afflicted,” she said, “I just want to cry. It’s really getting hard for my heart because I am feeling the weight of all of this.”

And I said, “Thank you so much for sharing that.”

I said, “I feel the same way when I see people, but there’s action to alleviate. So you respond with Jesus and then when you leave here you don’t carry it with you. You leave it with Jesus.”

And that’s what closing prayer does. And that’s what debriefing does. Because we don’t know on teams how much…

We were never meant to carry the troubles of the people we minister to, and withm home with us to weigh us down.

So just making sure that, ourselves, that we are not carrying the sadness or the frustrations or the pain of other people. We’re not meant to.

I look at myself as more like, I’m not a sponge. I don’t have things go into me and weigh me down. I’m more like a filter. You know, speak to me and I’ll just pass it right on (to Jesus).

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  • TRAINER: Carrielynn Lund-staff, Edmonton

     SOURCE:  Volunteer Training Workshop (2016 10), Edmonton 

    POSTED:  Nov 2016 & May 2019

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  1. CATHY JENSEN June 4, 2019 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Your words hold a lot of wisdom and not just that…it is so so practical. I have been volunteering in some form with the marginalized for a long time. It is hard to listen and hear when troubles, concerns and tragedies are shared. I was able to take that and not let those burdens others carry drag me down in sadness. But, after Rick, my husband died two years ago, and it was a hard long drawn-out painful death where I was with him the entire time in a hospital setting in another city away from our home, I feel the sorrow of others on such a more intimate level. I am a fixer; it is in my personality to find a remedy, hand out advice, offer a hug, touch a hand. I feel empathy so deeply; so I am taking your words to heart. Leave it to Jesus; He is the ultimate fixer and comforter and I need to be more intentional in my prayer time after a time of volunteering. Thank you.

  2. CarrieLynn Lund June 4, 2019 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Hi Cathy
    Thank you for your comments. I too have been deeply affected by death, that of my 7 year old daughter in the accident I was in. It does change the way you see others who are going through pain. I look at how that plays out in my life as an example of God working everything for good (Romans 8:28). Reaching out to others and supporting them through their time of struggles is very healing for me. Life happens and we will all experience challenges and loss. How wonderful to know His grace is sufficient and that He will turn our sorry into joy and our struggles and loss into something He can use to help us reach the lost, encourage the weak and stand with those struggling. God bless your ministry and thank you for your faithfulness and for allowing God to use you!

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