With the phone against my ear, a moment of unease swept over me. How could I ever relate to him?
His cheerfulness soothed my concern and I was surprised to hear an upbeat voice on the other end.
“Hey, Dawna! I’m glad we could connect,” he said.
“Peter, thanks for taking the time to visit. I know you’re quite busy.”
“I’ve got as long as you need.”
He’s not pressed for time despite all of his responsibilities.
“Your story really spoke to my heart…how you care for your wife with such a positive outlook. Not only encouraging her, but other caregivers too. What you do is pretty amazing.”
“Well, thank you. Did you know that more than 65 million Americans are caregivers in some capacity?”
I responded a bit too quickly. “Wow! No, I didn’t know that. My parents are caregivers to my sister, who has mental disabilities. I’m a caregiver from afar…”
Way to go, Dawna! You’ve nowhere near the responsibility that he does. He’s a daily caregiver to his wife, who has had both legs amputated, seventy-eight operations, and has over nine million dollars in medical bills. How can you identify with that?
I felt ridiculous trying to connect with someone who serves with a heart of gratitude each and every day under such difficult circumstances. I wouldn’t have the same outlook if I was in his situation.
But he was gracious with me.
“The more people I talk with, the more I realize that we’re all caregivers in some way. Whether aging parents, mental issues, amputees…everyone cares for someone.”
We shared ideas about how we could support each other’s ministries. His name is Peter Rosenberger. He’s an author and has written three books, writes for Positive Note Magazine, he’s a sought after speaker, radio host, accomplished pianist…and most importantly, a care giver to his wife, Grace.
“Dawna, I can be a guest writer for your blog, but poll your readers. Ask them if encouragement for caregivers is a topic they would be interested in reading. My audience is very specific, yet very broad. I minister to the hurting…those who are crushed and need some hope.”
When our call had ended, I sat there in amazement. How could someone be so positive in the face of adversity? But I knew the answer in my heart: He’s a man of God and an encourager. I twirled strands of hair around my finger and thought deeply. I tried too hard to connect with him through being a caregiver, when if fact, we connected simply because we are both encouragers. We just encourage different audiences.
So here’s where I need your help:
Peter has offered to be a guest writer on my blog. He is willing to write specifically for you and me, to help us to see through new eyes. To encourage us in our faith and cheer us on as we run this endurance race of life.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to hear more from him? Would encouragement to the caregiver be a topic of interest to you? Respond to this post or share your thoughts with me on social media. If the response is great enough, you will hear more from this inspiring man of faith.
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