Every now and then, you come across something that touches you so deeply you want to share it as widely as possible. That is the case with this sermon from Rabbi Steven M. Glazer. The words he writes about caregiving are profound, whatever your faith. I believe they have the power to provide comfort to many struggling caregivers.
Heroes Among Us
Rabbi Steven Glazer
September 29, 2011
Rosh Hashanah First Day Sermon
If some of what I am about to say sounds vaguely familiar to a number of you, it is because this morning I am revisiting a topic I addressed on Yom Kippur in 2005! It will be clear in a just a few moments why I have chosen to do so. I want to speak with you today about “everyday heroes.” Not military heroes, or others who have performed deeds that we customarily define as “acts of heroism,” but rather the countless numbers of women and men, some of whom are sitting in this sanctuary right now, who everyday perform “acts of heroism” which we do not usually recognize as such.
These are the people who, day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out, carry out the enormously challenging, the enormously draining, and the enormously difficult task, of being caregivers to those who are afflicted with one of those diseases that ravage the bodies and consume the souls of the people with whom their lives are bound. Today I want to talk with you about what we should do and how we should cope when someone whom we love is stricken with a debilitating disease. Continue reading