In a recent email to her Sunday School, my wife Sonja wrote the following; I thought it worth sharing…
Three years ago this week (Oct. 22) my Daddy went home to his Heavenly reward. I would like to revisit some devotional thoughts I wrote in his honor this week...
Visiting someone you love who is trapped in the mire of Alzheimer’s is one of the most difficult things you will ever do. When you look into their eyes and see no recognition what-so-ever, it causes pain that limited vocabulary cannot begin to express.
In the early years I wrestled with God over this injustice, badgering Him with, "Why, Why, Why"? Some things we will never know the answer to, so it is much better to ask, "What are You trying to teach me"?
One of the things that I have learned is to never take someone for granted. We do not know what the future holds, so we need to see each day as an opportunity to love those God has entrusted us with.
I also feel that God has given me a tiny glimpse into His heart. If my heart broke over the forgetfulness of my Dad, how must Father God's heart ache over the millions of people created in His image who have no idea who He is. Hear His plaintive cry in Jeremiah 2:32 (NIV): "Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten Me."
Forgetfulness is a terrible trait that can have devastating consequences.
- Have you forgotten why you got married? Have you forgotten the love you felt and the joy just being in their presence brought? Do you remember when life was not about surviving, but about making each other smile?
- Have you forgotten why you had children?
- Have you forgotten why God blesses us? (Hint: so that we can BE a blessing…)
Alzheimer's is a horrible disease. Spiritual Alzheimer's is worse. May the Lord help us to remember what is truly important in life and to never forget that "the greatest of these is love"."
Loving you, Sonja