Grace vs Dementia

What time is it? 

It’s 5 o’clock.

What day is it?

It’s Friday.

And what time is it?

It’s 5 o’clock.

And it’s Tuesday? 

No, it’s Friday. 

Friday 2 o’clock?

No, it’s 5 o’clock on Friday.

Is my mind going?

I think you’ve had a long day. 

This is the conversation I had with a friend some weeks ago. She’s a dear saint, but her own diagnosis of the problem may not be far wrong. The ravages of age affect mind as well as body. Sometimes I worry when my turn will come. What if I forget my Saviour? What if I can’t find the words to explain salvation? What if I can’t even remember Jesus’ precious name? 

Rest assured, the God of heaven knows His own, and does not require their memories and mental agility to be in good condition. Dementia may challenge our dignity, but it is no match for God’s grace.

Even to your old age, I am He,

And even to gray hairs I will carry you!

I have made, and I will bear;

Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

-Isaiah 46:4

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