A Prayer for Alzheimer’s

It seems that when you have cancer you are a brave battler against the disease, but when you have Alzheimer’s you are an old fart. That’s how people see you. It makes you feel quite alone. ~ Terry Pratchett 
Lord Jesus Christ,
One of those I love is now lost to me.
Their mind is muddled
Their memories destroyed
Their vistas distorted.
They cannot remember,
They cannot recall.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember the person. 
Lord, it is hard to answer the same questions
They ask me again and again.
And it is hard when they ask me who I am.
And it is hard when they cannot remember
The good times we spent, the hard times we overcame.
And it is hard when they are aggressive or unloving.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember the person. 
Lord, if it were their body that was weakened,
I would still think they were themselves.
Help me to see that they are still there
Deep in their soul and being, they live on intact.
And it is only the filter of their mind that distorts.
They are still there.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember that they are still there.
 Lord, bring your angels to surround them,
Your Holy Spirit to fill them,
Your love to encase them.
Touch all who care for them;
Uphold and bless their work.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember that they are still there.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Bring me the patience to deal with their brokenness,
The heart to love them as they were,
And the vision to see through the mist of their demented lens.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember the person.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember that they are still there.
Amen
© R Palmer 2015 These prayers can be used and reproduced freely for worship. Where they reproduced in print, in a church magazine or on the Web, please include a citation of their source thus: Reproduced from thespiritualgardener.com

 

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