As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:36–37
I recently returned from the February board meeting of the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Board of Directors. This particular meeting was especially fulfilling since the board approved its Strategic Plan for 2019-2021. This plan has magnificent and compassionate goals for the Association which include doubling the amount of money spent on research for a cure, improving care and support for those living with the disease, extending the Association’s reach into communities to administer programs to patients and caregivers, and continuing to press federal and state legislatures to improve care, fund research, and make Alzheimer’s disease a priority in their annual plans.
I am always encouraged by the spirit of compassion, confidence, commitment, and courage of the national board members and the staff of the Alzheimer’s Association as they face the, as yet, undefeated giant of Alzheimer’s disease. They are truly more than conquerors because they are committed to never giving up in the fight against this disease. They continue to strive to find innovative ways to open up new research venues, fund young researchers, and seek a new, dynamic treatment and a final cure for this disease. They inspire me to continue forward in my daily battles as I serve on the board to provide a voice for the more than 5 million Americans living with this disease.
In today’s passage, Paul reminds us that we are all more than conquerors when we serve our Lord and stand firm in fulfilling the purpose He has laid at our feet. We do this by the power of the Holy Spirit who grants us courage, commitment, and confidence to press on toward the goal in spite of the insurmountable odds many of us face. Even though we may suffer from this disease, we can still be people with purpose – a purpose to bring an end to Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are dealing with some form of dementia, I pray you will be more than a conqueror as well. Do something positive to help in fight against this disease. Join a support group, become involved in The Longest Day campaign, start a Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, become an advocate, attend the Advocacy Forum in Washington, write your congressional leaders to seek additional funding and support for research and care for those living with the disease, or give to the Alzheimer’s Association to help them in the fight against this disease (alz.org).
We can all be more than conquerors and together we can bring an end to Alzheimer’s disease!