Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
This past Tuesday, I did one of my least favorite things; my annual visit to the University of Kentucky’s Sanders Brown Center on Aging. I do this because I’m part of a long term clinical study where my health and mental abilities are tracked each year until my death. This is all done to gain a better perspective on the long term impacts of Alzheimer’s disease. Since I was diagnosed at a relatively young age (55) and I’m in one of the early stages of the disease, I was a perfect candidate for the long term clinical study.
The folks at the Sanders Brown Center are absolutely wonderful people and very good at their jobs! The reason I don’t like the visit is because of all the mental testing. It generally leaves me exhausted and a little depressed because of my performance. However, I try to be as upbeat as possible and stay encouraged throughout the testing routine.
Today’s passage reminds us to keep our hearts glad so that our tongues will rejoice. Now this may seem difficult if you are struggling with dementia but it isn’t impossible. When I begin to feel down hearted, I remind myself that I am a child of God and like today’s Scripture says, He will not abandon me to the grave. In other words, He will always be with me and won’t forsake me just because I’m sick!
If you are struggling today with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, take heart for God is with you also. He will not abandon you for you are His child. Allow Him to abide in you and He will fill your heart with gladness, make your tongue rejoice, and give your body secure rest. The demands of dementia are difficult so don’t try to go it alone. Accept His help for He loves you dearly and wants to lighten your load. Then your tongue can rejoice and proclaim the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!