Listen to My Cry

Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer – it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Psalm 17:1

Early Monday morning I got a call from an older gentleman of our church who recently had surgery. He had a post-surgery emergency and needed to be rushed to the hospital. I dressed quickly, raced to his house, and got him to the ER. I was initially confused in the hospital but the ER staff took immediate care of him. While I waited, I prayed for him and asked God to clear my head enough to help my friend and get me through the day. You see, he has no family and no one else he could call in a crisis. God answered my prayer, we survived the ordeal, and we got him home 12 hours later. I was mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted but God’s strength was sufficient!

Today’s passage was the start of one of David’s prayers. I’ve used words like it many times when I needed immediate help from our Heavenly Father (like Monday). I believe He pays particular attention to these prayers since we are trying to help others in need. Just because you are struggling with dementia doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be praying for the needs of others. In fact, one of the things we can all do without leaving our homes is pray. It is the one powerful thing I can still do given the unpredictability of my Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease.

If you are dealing with dementia, make an effort today to start praying not just for your condition but for others you know. Keep a prayer journal so you can see how God moves in the situations for which you are praying. It will strengthen your faith and draw you closer to your Heavenly Father. You may also come to realize how truly blessed you are in spite of your dementia condition.

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