Our activities group for adults with learning disabilities continued until the “lockdown” of March 2020. I was then reassigned to a care home where we sought to engage residents (including the woman in my devotion) with walks in the countryside and visits to the beach, but all while staying within the very tight restrictions around disease prevention. I am pleased to say that activities and life in the care homes are now, at last, returning to “normality.”
Last summer, our family was approved to foster by our county council, and I became a full-time carer for an 11-year-old boy who lived with us until the beginning of this year. I have taken up work again, now with a local branch of a leading water cooler supplier.
Caroline, a past contributor to The Upper Room, continues her work as a creative writing tutor and with her own writing. She now has the role of “main carer” as we await what we hope will be a long-term fostering assignment.
Matthew 18:14 continues to captivate us, as we know the shepherd’s heart of Jesus in our own experience and seek to reflect it as we respond to others—children and adults—with his compassion and care.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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