Those in our care have values, pleasures and priorities. As family caregivers, we are often best able to recognize and interpret those to the world should the people in our care have any communication impairments.
But there are many who receive care who are quite able to speak up for their own lives, like this young man,
Seriously, I have a great life! I have lectured at universities, acted in an award-winning film and an Emmy-winning TV show, and spoken to thousands of young people about the value of inclusion in making America great. I have been to the White House twice––and I didn’t have to jump the fence either time…Surely happiness is worth something?
Sometimes we have to be advocates. Sometimes we just need to listen, affirm and encourage.
As many Christians around the world observe our Holy Week, we do well to remember that the One we honor and proclaim listens to voices we ignore or shut down,
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16)
…Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” (Mark 10:46-49)
Jesus walked through our world announcing that no person was inconvenient or unwanted. He spoke up for the voiceless and heard the cries that others sought to silence.
He still does.