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     Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isa. 49:15-16 (ESV)

Dear heavenly Father, though Isaiah used the image somewhat metaphorically, mothers and fathers do forget the children they have brought into the world. I know this quite well, having lived through the journey of watching my dad forgetting my name, then my face, then everything about me. The process was very painful, yet you met us time and again, with your mercy and grace.

I am so thankful that the gospel is a living hope, not sentimental hype. I am so thankful that long after dad forgot you, you never forgot him. I am so thankful that dad’s memory has been healed, and that he now knows and remembers perfectly. Above all, I am envious that he now knows you perfectly, while I am bound to the world of knowing-in-part.

As someone who found you to be the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, in a story of dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s an honor to pray for others in that same painful journey. Father, grant spouses and children, family members and friends, a profound sense of your presence, and courage to love well.

Grant them freedom to grieve their mounting sense of loss; the grace to accept the changes in their loved one; and power to stay as present as possible, when doing so becomes increasingly difficult. Grant them wisdom for each stage of the journey, trustworthy and compassionate medical care, and the necessary financial and emotional resources.

Lastly, Father, I pray you will help all of us, impacted by memory loss, to treasure being known and remembered by you. If we should forget you, in our journey to life in the new heaven and new earth, we will never outlive your love and grace for us. The only things you’re not going to remember, is our sins against us. Hallelujah, many times over. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ strong and loving name.

 


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3 thoughts on “A Prayer for Those of Us with Loved Ones Impacted by Memory Loss”

  1. Todd Robertson says:

    Strongly encourage readers to check out this excellent work, Second Forgetting http://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-T.-Mast/e/B00J74X27I# by author and faithful brother https://twitter.com/benjaminmast1

  2. Today, November 21st, is the two year anniversary of my mom going to Jesus. Early onset Alzheimer’s took her mind, but Jesus has her soul, and she is more alive than ever. The journey of Alzheimer’s is sacred and littered often with unspeakable pain. This prayer embodies such raw memories of that precious road. Thank you!

  3. Hazel says:

    oh my! the Holy Spirit leads on such a macro/micro level – it is beautifully incredible. mama has alzheimer disease and lives with us. this monday a new symptom was added to her disease – the delusional belief that my faithful, godly husband is unfaithful to me with her caregiver (who she calls a neighbor), a friend of mine for 33 years. and then tonight, AFTER i read your prayer, when i was tucking her into bed, she said i can’t stay here. no one is here. i said i am here. she said where are hazel and del? i said i am hazel and del is in the other room…..she’s never NOT known us. God is so good and kind, going ahead of us as written in psalm 139, coming behind us, and hemming us in. His Word is Truth. there is nothing new under the sun. thanks scotty, sara and others who’ve traveled this journey ahead of me with the Lord for you have comforted me (2 corin 1). ALL praises to Him.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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