DEMENTIA AND FAITH
As you may or may not know, I have a twitter account (www.twitter.com/jerryvines). I have said several times that I use it primarily to encourage and have some fun. I try not to deal with controversial matters. Others are more knowledgeable and capable than I to deal with those issues. I also hardly ever try to answer theological questions. That’s not easy to do in a few characters!
Nor do I put up comments to get people to respond to what I say. But, there are evidently times when something I put up strikes a responsive chord and I get a lot of likes, replies, and whatever you can do with twitter! A comment last week was one of those kind
I read an article about dementia and faith. Here was my tweet: Dementia doctor said some people of faith facing dementia ask, “What if I forget about God?” Well, if we forget about God, rest assured He will never forget about us! “Yet I will not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.” (Isa.49:15-16).
I was hardly prepared for the response. Evidently hundreds of people responded with likes, replies, etc. A lot of people have loved ones who have dementia and the tweet seemed to help. Many commented about some of the faith comments made by their loved ones who have or had dementia.
My mother had dementia. There were times when I visited her that she would be as alert and lucid as ever. Then there were times when she was cloudy and confused.
My mother, Ruby was her name, died at 94. On some of the last times I saw her before she went to the God who did not forget her, she made statements of faith I have never forgotten. As she completed reading through her Bible again she patted it and said, “This Book talks to you. If you listen to it, it will tell you how to live.” On another occasion she said, “I’ve got my bags packed and I’m ready to go.”
Dementia may steal your memory, but it can’t steal your faith!
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