I have often written about my mom who currently resides in a nursing home in Virginia and has increasing dementia. When Gary and I visit throughout the day she will ask who I am. It's a very interesting condition, but the earliest of memories for Mom are tucked away in the recesses of her mind and reveal themselves in clear detail. For instance, lyrics to songs she learned as a child through young adulthood; names of individuals she knew in school and some gentlemen she dated; all the stanzas of hymns and memorized Bible verses.
Mom's favorite verses from the Bible are found in Proverbs 3:5-6. We continually repeat them with her or aid her in attempting alone. She still does very well, but the last time we were visiting I asked Mom if she wanted to say the 23rd Psalm. She agreed and then she began. Gary and I were stunned at her memorization of that chapter in the Bible. Clear as a bell, she spoke every verse. The same happens when Mama prays. Although she is repetitive her prayers are spot on.
As I've tried to come up with an explanation other than the earliest of memories being tucked away ready for recall, I have come to the conclusion the Holy Spirit of God which was planted within my mother when she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior is communing with God. The Trinity is at work. The Holy Spirit is taking Mom's requests before a Holy God and is being heard clearly without the dementia factor. Even disease of any type cannot prohibit our prayers from reaching the throne of grace and mercy. Now that's a wonderful, comforting fact for us as Christians, isn't it? Regardless of what happens to these finite minds, if we know Jesus as Savior the Holy Spirit will always be available to present our prayers to the foot of the Cross.
That's a great thought for today! Have a wonderful weekend, friends!