Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
C.S. Lewis, the famous British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist who held academic positions at both Oxford University and Cambridge University wrote, “God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” Perhaps this is the message Paul was trying to impart to the saints in Rome in today’s passage. We must first be justified by faith, then we have peace with God which give us access to His grace. It is through His grace that peace and joy flow in the life of a believer.
It reminds me of one of my favorite passages from Isaiah which states, “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” All of this happens when we have been justified through faith and are at peace with god. Then, because we belong to the Lord, we are given the promise of everlasting peacefulness.
There is probably nothing more hopeful for someone suffering with dementia than the promise of a peaceful life. It is something I pray for daily and hope will continue to overflow in my life in the future. I want to be a person filled with peace without any hint of anxiety or worry because of the impacts of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As long as I remain in Christ, I am assured of peace, strength, confidence, and joy no matter what is happening in the world around me!
If you are a Christian struggling with dementia and feeling anxious or uneasy about the future, take the Apostle Paul’s and Isaiah’s words to heart. Read them, meditate upon them, and use them in your prayers every day. Then ask the Lord to give you the strength for tomorrow and a peace that surpasses all understanding. He will do this because you are His child and He loves you dearly. Like King David said, “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).”