Not Forgotten in Memory Care!

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Luke 12:6 ESV

People sometimes fail to visit friends or family members in memory care, because they feel helpless to do anything about their loved one’s situation. They are afraid they may say the wrong thing or wonder what in the world they can talk about. But when we step out in faith (i.e., go forward without knowing all the answers) the reality is often quite different from the perception. In today’s verse, the Bible reminds us that God remembers sparrows. In spite of the fact that the ability of sparrows to understand their creator is quite limited, He delights in spending time with them and watching over them as they live out their lives. Visiting a loved one in memory care is a little like visiting sparrows. Their life has not ceased at all: It is simply different. We need to leave behind our preconceived notions about what our relationship ought to be and build on what it can be. Like the words from the song, “Favorite Things”, we can discover a whole new world of the good things that can still be found. If you have someone you know who you have thought of visiting but have held off because of that struggle; here is a short list that may help encourage you today.

  • They may not remember your name, but they appreciate your presence. They may have forgotten the good times you shared, but they also forget the arguments and differences.
  • They are confused about where they are or how they got there, but they will joyfully tell you about little moments, you might have forgotten.
  • They might have forgotten how old they are but will be delighted if you come with a small cake and sing happy birthday for them on their special day!
  • Big expensive gifts will not matter much to them anymore, but you will be amazed at the joy a single rose, a card or a pack of their favorite cookies will bring.
  • They might not be able to carry on a lengthy conversation about politics anymore, but they will be glad to take time to pray with you before you leave. Take their hands, give them your time and then leave them in the arms of the Almighty. We may not understand why our mom or dad, brother or sister is in memory care, but we can know that they are never forgotten by Jesus!

Author: pastorpete51

My wife and I serve as members of a worship team at a multicultural church. Our members are from Brazil, Nepal and the U.S.. Because of the many languages and cultures in our local body we face unique challenges, such as how many songs will we do in English today? What new songs can we use in either language that are simple enough for the people to sing. The songs, the devotions and insights here are a small portion of some of the ways God is leading us as we push towards the goal. I pray that these will be both a blessing and an encouragement for those of you who may pass by Praise 2 Worship.

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