Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise your forever from generation to generation we will recount your praise. 79:13
The church I have attended for the past 30 years, Hodgenville United Methodist Church, celebrated its 175th Anniversary a few years ago. I found it quite amazing that over 175 years ago, God’s people decided to form a little Methodist Church in the community where Abraham Lincoln was born. Over multiple generations, a small segment of the sheep of God’s pasture praised and worshipped His Holy Name in our little church. Were there good times? Absolutely! Were there difficult times? Absolutely! Were there times of harmony? Absolutely! Were there times of discord? Absolutely! However, the church remained united under the voice of its sweet shepherd, Jesus Christ.
Today’s passage reminds us that as sheep of God’s pasture, we are to forever praise Him from generation to generation. Whether we are living in plenty or in want, whether well fed or hungry, we are to praise our Savior who generously gives us strength to do everything through Him. We do this because we love Him and so future generations will look back at our lives as a living testament of God’s grace.
So how does living with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease or any form of dementia fit into this scenario? It simply means that in spite of your disease, you must continue to praise God. Why? Because God is still God and He is more than worthy of all your praise no matter what your circumstance.
I continue to praise and worship the Living Lord because my disease is but a temporary state in the full spectrum of God’s timeline. If I cannot praise God because of my current circumstance, what does that say about my faith? What will future generations think about my faith if I let this disease destroy my relationship with my Savior?
If you are struggling today because of some form of dementia, don’t let it impact your faith and trust in the Living Lord. Lean on Him for strength and remain faithful in all things for He will never forsake you. Stand firm, stay faithful, and steadfastly praise Him. If you can do this, then future generations will look back and know you were a strong sheep of His pasture!