But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming. Romans 10:8
In today’s passage the Apostle Paul reminds the saints in Rome that the Word is near to them. It is in their hearts and in their mouths. Why is this truth so important in the life of a Christian? Because there is awesome power in God’s Word. Power to calm, power to comfort, and power to sustain. As such, the Word must always be within our hearts and near to our eyes.
Anyone struggling with the impacts of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease understands how easily fear and anxiety can overshadow the foggy days that often accompany this disease. To temper the fear and anxiousness accompanying these “not so good” days, I slow my pace down, stay at home, relax outside, talk with the Lord, and read my favorite passages from the Psalms. There is something wonderful about the calming affect the Psalms have on an anxious spirit. Perhaps this is why the Psalms were written so we might enjoy comfort during difficult and trying times.
Because of the calming power of the Psalms, part of God’s Holy Word, I have many of my favorite Psalms posted all around the Hornback Homestead. They are tacked to big cedar trees in the fencerows, attached to fence posts, nailed to the barn walls, screwed onto plank fence rails, and even hung on the main light post that lights the driveway at night. I have them posted everywhere so that when I walk or work around the homestead, God’s calming Word is always near. It helps keep me focused on what’s important and reminds me God is ever present in my life.
One particular passage sticks in my mind, “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect (Psalm 18:30–32).” Because His Word is flawless and His way is perfect, then I have nothing to fear from this disease. I know His promises prevail, He makes my path perfect, He shields me from all harm, and His strength is sufficient for all I face in life.
His Psalms are comforting, His promises are perfect, and His Holy Spirit always helps me during the difficult days. That is why I keep His Word near to me, why I have it on my heart, and why it echoes in mind. The calming power of His Word makes living with this disease so much easier.
If you are struggling with the daily demands of dementia, always remember, His Word is flawless and His way is perfect. Life is so much better with His help! So keep His word near and never let it fade from your sight, heart, or mind.