The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron, he will bless those who fear the Lord – small and great alike. Psalm 115:12-13
I just recently returned from Chicago where I attended the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Board of Directors meeting. As someone living with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, I count this astounding group of professionals as one of the many blessings God has delivered my way. They are inspirational, encouraging, dynamic, focused, passionate, and dedicated to the cause of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and expanding care and support for those living with the disease. I stand in awe of the amazing things this group has accomplished and their plans for the future. I always return from the board meetings with renewed hope that a cure for this disease will be found in my lifetime.
Perhaps that is why I find today’s passage especially important for anyone who loves the Lord, trusts in His heavenly guidance, honors Him, and stands in awe of Him (in other words, fears the Lord). Why? Because the Psalmist proclaims that the Lord will bless these individuals; small and great alike. It doesn’t matter what your standing in society may be, whether you suffer from illness, or what struggles you face, the Lord will remember you and bless you accordingly just as He has blessed me!
I find this particular Psalm passage very comforting as I struggle with the daily demands of early stage dementia. This passage, along with so many others, assures me God has not forgotten my plight and will, in spite of my disease, continue to bless me if I will continue to revere Him. How do I know this passage to be true? Because I’ve experienced His blessings in so many ways since my diagnosis. He provides me comfort, peace, safety, security, purpose, passion, and strength for my daily battles. He has also blessed me with the Alzheimer’s Association which has provided support and allowed me an opportunity to help others struggling with this disease. You see, God always finds ways to bless us in spite of our circumstances. He is always with us, He is always looking for ways to encourage us, and He will never forsake us!
If you are struggling with the daily demands of dementia, spend some time reading and mediating on Psalm 115. Come to know who God is, where He is, what He has done, and what He promises to do for those who fear Him. Then ask the Lord to bless you and begin to trust in Him, love Him, honor Him, and stand in awe of Him. He loves you dearly and understands your struggles. Therefore, remember Him and He will remember you!