For in him you have been enriched in every way-with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge-God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 1 Corinthians 1:5-6
In the opening of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth, he reminds them how they have been set apart, sanctified, and called to be holy in a city that brought all kinds of people together to include the educated and sophisticated; people seeking wealth and riches; prostitutes and criminals; and those worshipping all kinds of gods and cults. Paul wanted them to understand how important holiness would be in their lives and to remain dedicated to God. In spite of the influence of Corinthian culture and society, Christ would keep them strong so they would be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus.
In the first part of Paul’s letter, he asserts that the believers in Corinth “have been enriched” in every manner possible to include speaking, spiritual gifts, strength, and knowledge. These blessings from God should enable them to live holy lives and be a righteous example among Corinthian society. In essence, God had given them all they needed to live fruitful lives in spite of their surroundings.
For someone living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, this is an important message as well. You see, if God can enrich the lives of the believers in Corinth, He can certainly enrich my life as well. It reminds me of what M.N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, who works in a Catholic palliative care ministry, said, “God is present and active even in those who are confused or unable to remember. Hope and love can remain alive even when cognitive function declines.” Wow, what great news!
To go right along with this, the Alzheimer’s Association has an interesting page on their website “alz.org” entitled Live Well. Buried within the Live Well section you will find the following statement:
“You have a choice in how you live your life with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. It is possible to live well with Alzheimer’s by taking control of your health and wellness, and focusing your energy on the aspects of your life you find most meaningful.”
Wow, what a wonderful way to live your best life with Alzheimer’s disease. As we focus our energy on what we find most meaningful, like serving God, we can be assured of living well with Alzheimer’s. Well this is exactly what I’m doing and God is graciously enriching my life as I stay attached to the vine of Christ. How about you?