This morning I read a selection from Biblegateway's series entitled C.S. Lewis Daily. In his novel, The Screwtape Letters, Lewis reveals truth regarding eternity and time through a senior devil's counsel to a subordinate. Screwtape says it is important to tempt human beings to think much upon the future in order to distract us from the present moment, because the present is the closest thing we have to eternity. It is in the present that the Lord provides us sustenance and strength; it is with God's present help that we are able to experience freedom from regret over the past or fear of the future. You can read Lewis's words HERE.
Later in the day I thought about my mother's delight in being served a chocolate sundae. "I haven't had a sundae in a long time, this is wonderful!" she exclaimed. In truth, I had given her an identical confection the night before. Mama (like me) does not tire of ice cream, but unlike me her joy over the treat was undiminished by the memory of already having experienced it just a few hours previously.
There is something very sweet about a dementia patient's ability to function well even though robbed of the past and unconcerned about the future. My mom lives in the present, and according to C.S. Lewis, the present is the nearest thing we have to eternity while we are in our human forms. God is with my mom in her present moment and she is, for the most part, happy living there.
Especially when there is ice cream!