But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked. Psalm 129:4
I must admit that I have days when I do not want to leave the Hornback Homestead. These particular days are the ones filled with confusion and fogginess. So I stay at the homestead and stick to my familiar routine. There is truly great comfort in the daily routine to which I adhere. Feeding the chickens, walking the homestead grounds, working in the gardens, feeding the cats, playing with the dogs, and making repairs keeps me grounded on familiar tasks which I am still able to accomplish. These tasks require no conversation, very little brain power, and no social interaction.
When you suffer from early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you often feel cut off from the rest of the world simply because most people don’t understand what you are going through because of the disease. However, according to experts in the field, it is vitally important to remain socially active even if you don’t want to be around other people. Socializing can be done through memory cafes, church activities, worship services, or just meeting regularly with friends for a meal or coffee. Socializing keeps your brain active, forces you to engage in conversation, changes your routine, and stimulates your neural network even if it is only for brief periods of time. So I often have to force myself, with the encouragement of my wife, to participate in social activities even when the foggy days set in.
Today’s Psalm passage reminds us that our Lord is righteous and has therefore cut us free from the cords of the wicked. This is an important concept to comprehend as we do socialize because we must choose our social activities wisely. This is especially true if you are prone to staying home and limiting your outside interactions because of the disease. Choosing good quality social activities is not only good for your brain but also good for your spiritual well-being.
Of course, this is true whether you are dealing with dementia or not. Choosing godly social activities and Christian service opportunities helps maintain your emotional and spiritual health. As today’s passage implies, God is righteous, and as His beloved children, He deeply desires that we do not spend our time on evil and wicked activities. He has cut us free from the wicked cord so let’s not res-establish the connection. So get out and socialize with good people today!