(For My Mom)
Luke 6:31 (NIV) “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Recently, I underwent six hours of testing to determine the affects brain surgery had on my memory and ability to think. I have yet to receive the “official” results, but I know my memory has been damaged by the surgery that actually saved my life. My intelligence seems to be unaffected, but who knows? I am content with the mind I have, so long as God can use it to encourage and help others!!
We do not realize how precious things are to us, until they are gone or injured. If you are able to walk to your mailbox, be thankful for your legs and the ability you have to move without a support of some kind. Observing the snow on the beautiful mountains of Colorado gives me great joy, so I try to appreciate my vision every day. Life in itself is a gift so use it to love others and please God daily.
If you are able to think clearly and not forget what happened thirty minutes ago, you are blessed. My memory is not as it once was, and I am counting on my friends and loved ones to, “Sing the songs of my heart” when it fails me all together.”
Sadly, my mother’s memory is worse than mine. It causes her great frustration and yet, my dad lovingly sings the songs of her heart to her many times during the day. Their love is from God and such a witness to those who know them.
When you are in the middle of a trial, you may forget the love and joy you have experienced in life. The troubles you presently face may be all that you can see. You may even question God’s love for you and descend into a pit of depression.
When your memory starts to fail or injury befalls you, I pray your family and friends come to your rescue and sing the songs of your heart aloud. This spiritual melody will remind you that you did experience seasons of plenty. It will serve to encourage you and stop the whispered lies of the enemy. Do not forget that the devil is a thief and eagerly looks for ways to steal your hope. There is ALWAYS hope.
God will not leave you in a valley forever. If you are in your twilight years, those who love you will want to spend as much time with you as possible. Let them shower you with love. I know it is a humbling thing to let others serve and help you, but do it for their sake. Set aside you pride and love them enough to permit their efforts of encouragement, help, and comfort.
You may think you are a burden and a bother, but you are not. Love longs and desires to comfort and help. It is a joyful thing to feel needed and to have opportunities to actually help ease someone’s suffering.
My mom often feels like she is a burden. It is hard for her to allow me, and those in my family to serve her. She served us all of her life, and it is with joy that I serve her in even the smallest ways. I love and cherish her. I pray she hears the songs of HER heart, as I spend time reminding her of the early days we spent together in love and harmony. Can you see Jesus smiling?
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. ~G.K. Chesterton