It confirmed for us the notion that a person with Alzheimer’s may not remember your visit, but they remember the feeling of being loved. And in Daddy’s case, enough to make him want to write in his diary again.
When I asked Mart if I could share this story, he was happy to oblige: “His name is Bill and he’s the nicest man I have ever known; we are very blessed that the disease has not taken that from him yet—and praying that it won’t.”
Some readers shared darker stories of things dementia has taken from their loved ones, but they also shared confidence that the disease can’t take the presence of the Holy Spirit from those who are in Christ.
That’s a delightful truth during what can be a dreadful time for many. It’s reminded me of the Apostle Paul telling the Christians in Rome that “the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses” and “himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
Even when afflicted believers can’t consciously delight in God anymore, the Lord delights in them. Nothing can separate them from His love. And it’s delightful to know that we just don’t know how He moves in their souls.