My Parents

My Parents

Huh?  What does that mean?  Your guess is as good as mine!

I just came back from vacation where I spent some time visiting my 96 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s.  She resides in a lovely group home where she is cared for 24/7 by loving Christian people who consider her a treasure.  Truely, she is that.   Mostly she sleeps or keeps her eyes closed.  But occasionally, and some days quite often, she’ll blurt out sentences that make absolutely no sense to those within earshot, hence the title above.  Sometimes she just makes babbling sounds, other times just meaningless words.  At least they seem meaningless to us.

Unfortunately, Mom no longer recognizes me, or anyone else for that matter, but that has been coming on for quite some time.  It is sad to watch as she was always so vibrant and caring, loving and concerned about everyone as a parent, a wife, a friend.  But, since I know she has accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior and Lord many years ago, her conversations, however odd they seem to us, make perfect sense to Him.  She will see Him in person before long I suspect, and will get to share in His Glory.  But what happens in the meantime?

I have confidence that the same God who created me, allowed me to live and be adopted and raised in a loving home, will continue to guard and care for my little mommy, in spite of Alzheimer’s or any other sickness or disease that might try to afflict her until it’s His time for her to go Home.  She is His child, from the womb to the tomb, and His loving hand has ever been on her life.  She has not asked for much in this life, but received the love and devotion of a wonderful man for 41 years.  She is loved by many and regarded as “saintly” by several.  Mom’s not rich in monetary terms, but is very wealthy in what really matters in life.

The hospice social worker says she’s just getting things off her chest when she does speak.  Getting ready to go home.  Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know that the One who created her and helped make her who she is, understands every word.  Maybe he’s preparing her for what she’ll be doing in Heaven.

We may not understand why ugly things happen to those we love, but in Mom’s case I know that she is blessed and adored by the One who loves and cares for us all.  Our understanding is so finite, so limited….but His is not.  He sees past all our reasonings, our thoughts, our schemes, our plans and brings His will to light.  If we could only dream bigger, look up instead of down, climb higher, and trust God with our everyday lives, how much happier and more fulfilled we would be.

“I have not lost sight of my plan for you, the Lord says, and it is your welfare I have in mind, not your undoing; for you, too, I have a destiny and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11  Knox Bible (KNOX)

What is God’s good plan for you?