Things are so different today than they were a year ago, don’t you think? Who would’ve ever guessed what all would be happening now? If someone had told us what our future held, we would not have believed it….global pandemic, families confined to their homes, churches and schools closed as well as stores and restaurants, freeways deserted….and the elderly separated from family and friends…some confined to a single room. It sounds almost like science fiction.
My parents are no longer here, so I can only imagine what it must be like to only visit with your loved one through a window…not able to offer a hug or even a simple touch. Some of you may be confined to your home or theirs…weary with masks and gloves shielding all from an unwelcome virus. I know your burden is heavy.
Thinking on these things recently, these song lyrics came to mind…“and the things of earth will grow strangely dim…in the light of His glory and grace…” Right now, the things of earth are enormous, and the load we bear is heavy. One day, thankfully, these things will be so, so tiny, distant and insignificant, and we will understand that “not everything in this life has a happy ending, but this life is not the end of the story” (Rick Warren).
My own journey through Alzheimer’s taught me much about these things. I didn’t want to go down that road and fought it, tooth and nail, but I am so thankful now for many lessons learned along the way…mostly about spending precious time wisely. When my Alz Journey ended, my Cancer Journey began…continuing to teach me, and I find myself asking often…am I being a good steward of this precious time?
Be encouraged. Reach out to others who need support. Say “yes” to people who want to help you. And as the songs says, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”.
I will always have a heart for those doing battle with Alzheimer’s, but I know encouragement takes many forms and certainly isn’t only delivered via a blog. Years ago when I began my Alz Journey, I couldn’t find the resources I needed, but now, thankfully, there are many good blogs, books and support groups. So, I do believe this blog has served its purpose, and I hope my book “Dancing Around the Chaos” continues reaching more people.
I look forward to what comes next and pray that God will use me for His purpose, that He will show me how to be a good steward of my time and talents.
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Try to find time to listen…https://youtu.be/fKAPHjficIc
I wrote Dancing Around the Chaos for those who are on the ALZ journey with loved ones…struggling to figure it out and dreading what the next day will bring…but too exhausted and afraid to think beyond the present. It happens to also be a sweet and tender love story that really happened, whose characters are real people. Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2v2paXK
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