Adult children caring for a parent often find themselves asking questions
they have never asked before. Questions like: Why me? How do I handle
this relationship? What is the point of all the suffering I see?
It certainly happened to me as I watched my father slowly sink into the clutches of a
dementia that took him from me years before he actually died.
As dad and I occasionally attended church together during the last 3 years of his life, I
started looking inside myself for answers I did not have about me
and my father. I realized that the simple act of sitting in church
brought me comfort in a way nothing else did. Most importantly I
started being able to accept my father's condition and his impending
death; I started to understand that death is not the enemy. I began
to experience new sources of spiritual strength.
I found a book entitled Seeking A Simpler Spirit: An 8-Week Guide toward a
Lifelong Relationship with God and have decided to embark on a spiritual journey.
I invite you to purchase this small, easy-to-read book and join
me. Filled with gentle, practical wisdom, Seeking A Simpler Spirit
presents an eight-week program that will hopefully guide us towards
an enriched spiritual life and teach us some simple skills for connecting
with God every day. It won't take up much of your time; a few minutes
a day will be all you need to give.
I plan to start the journey in early 2001.
If you will be joining me, I would love to hear from you. Just send me an
. It will be a comfort knowing you are
taking the journey too.
Seeking A Simpler Spirit by Deborah DeFord ISBN 0-7621-0128-8 is available from
Readers Digest online or by calling
(800) 491-7504 in Canada and the US. The cost is US$17.95; the book is available for immediate