Friday, November 22, 2019

At my mother's nursing home I recently saw two couples sitting in the lobby, good and kind people that I've known for years. The wives have both recently been placed into nursing home care, the husbands visit daily. Both husbands were holding their wives' hands. I know enough of caregiving to understand that kind of love; it is formed of loyalty, duty, compassion, a commitment to stick together through difficult times, the culmination of a lifetime of sharing...and more. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I am continually blessed to see how the Lord provides for those He loves during the best and worst of times, and all the seasons in between.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

God's Role in Alzheimer's

In any crisis, we are safe to assume the Lord will be our compassionate healer, friend, advocate, and guide. We don't need to grapple with things we can't comprehend, such as why a loving God would allow us pain.

I have what I think may be an understanding in the right direction: pain entered the world because of sin; sin does not originate with God, and thus pain is not His idea for us even though in omnipotent power He is able to work all things for our good.  But that's just my "in a mirror but darkly," limited, understanding. The Almighty God doesn't need me to defend Him; He only asks for our love and obedience. 

A popular Christian song has the line "When you can't trace His hand, trust His heart."*  We don't need to understand in order to trust. 


*Trust His Heart by Babbie Mason 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

He is Sovereign, He is God

This is just an acknowledgement on this Sabbath day of the sovereignty of God; He is sovereign over everything that touches us, He is with us through the difficult times, and He always makes us a way through; blessed be His Name! The background of this meme is a painting by my mom, completed a few years prior to her Alzheimer's diagnosis.