Many of us know what a scourge Alzheimer's disease is. I have read many inspiring prayers for the loved ones of Alzheimer's victims, but this one, written for the Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, by Reverend Wally Hong is especially poignant. Let it speak for itself.
Dear God, my loved one remembers me less.
There, sitting alone in a world so far away;
when our eyes meet, there is no recognition … no hello.
The more I bring past joys to awaken the life that could be,
the more emptiness I find in those beautiful eyes.
My heart aches! My soul is full of anguish!
Where do I get strength and peace?
Be with me, O God! Give me strength to remember
the love of yesterday
when our hearts and souls danced together,
when we glimpsed eternity and laughed.
Give me the sight to see life that is from You,
filled with possibilities of love …
For I refuse to stop loving even in my deepest sadness. Amen.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a– Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (NKJV)
Prayer- Lord, help us to love our loved ones even when they seem not to be themselves. Amen.