These are quotes for caregivers provided by Stephen Ministry. Hope they bring some peace to you today.
Somehow I feel sure that the most direct route to religious experience is to ask for the grace to give, to share, to console another, to bandage a hurting wound, to lift a fallen human spirit, to mend a quarrel, to search out a forgotten friend, to dismiss a suspicion and replace it with trust, to encourage someone who has lost faith, to let someone who feels helpless do a favor for me, to keep a promise, to bury an old grudge, to reduce my demands on others, to fight for a principle, to express gratitude, to overcome a fear, to appreciate the beauty of nature, to tell others I love them, and then to tell them again.
John Powell, S.J., in
Through Seasons of the Heart
Give me, Lord, a stout heart to bear my own burdens, a tender heart to bear the burdens of others and a believing heart to lay all my burdens on you, for you care for us.
Lesslie Newbigin, in
All Will Be Well: A Gathering of Healing Prayers
When silence fills the room, remember that God is beneath and within the silence, radiating his love. You are always there as God’s emissary of love. You can speak in love, you can listen in love, and you can simply be with the other person in love.
Kenneth C. Haugk, in
Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart
Empathy is a gift of love that can soften the hardest hearts.
William J. McKay, in
Me, an Evangelist?
Every Christian’s Guide to Caring Evangelism
Your presence is worth much, much more than words. Your presence communicates to the other that he or she is valued, precious, beloved. Your presence brings not only the gift of yourself into the relationship but also, in and through you, the gift of God.
No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down and lifting another up.
Jon Huntsman, Sr.
When people are in pain, it’s especially important to surround them with healing love.
David A. Paap
Some people won’t like it when they see you being yourself. Some will secretly envy your personal freedom. Others will feel threatened. But don’t let that stop you. After all, the first step in showing genuine care to others is being genuine yourself.
Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk, in
The Quest for Quality Caring:
Improve Your Ability to Relate to Others
I must release the other person from every attempt of mine to regulate, coerce, and dominate him with my love.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in
When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Henri J.M. Nouwen, in
Out of Solitude
We can do no great things–only small things with great love.
Mother Theresa (1910-1997)
Founder, Missionaries of Charity
We must not only give what we have; we must also give what we are.
Desire Joseph Mercier (1851-1926)
This is what love looks like:
It has hands to help others;
It has feet to hasten to the sick and needy;
It has eyes to see suffering and want;
And it has ears to hear the sighs and
sorrows of men, women, and children.
If a friend is in trouble, don’t annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937)
American journalist and author
If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
American writer and educator