and in Him, you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
Colossians 2:10 (New Am. Standard)
Edited from thoughts I put on my phone app October 10, 2018:
I know from a scientific standpoint that it probably wouldn’t make sense to say that a person with Alzheimer’s could, in their final days, be cognizant or whole again. But, I would like to think that the week we spent with Mom in Hospice that she did have an understanding of the things we were telling her and even though she wasn’t completely alert that somehow she was comprehending.
I know when Dad told her he loved her she responded and tried to tell him she loved him. I know when my brother’s family were with her she tried her best to sit up and engage with them. And, when my Aunt Jenny’s name was mentioned she reached up her arms as if to hug her.
I know that she knew when my sister was by her side. It wasn’t until after my sister arrived that she slipped deeper into a sleep state, so I know she was waiting for my sister. We all had moments with her and I know she was comforted to hear our words of love and affirmation.
The day I was telling her how beautiful she was and how I was going to see that people read her poetry I know she perked up and understood what I was saying. I also told her that I was going to do my best to see that all of her family made it to heaven. I feel that she was not just hearing me, but that she was understanding the way she would have before the Alzheimer’s. I think she was fully aware.
I just need to mention that even in the final stages of Alzheimer’s she responded well to us but there were facts missing. She recognized love, and that we were familiar, but she didn’t always know exactly who we were. There were many things we’d talk about, but complete comprehension of facts and details was missing. Those are the things I think God restored to her that final week. Knowledge of exactly who we were and full comprehension of what everything meant. Those details that made the love even more special to her.
I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2 NIV
Science knows a lot, but there is much not known as well. God knows all things including what science doesn’t know. With him all things are possible and his purpose will be accomplished. So, to me, it makes sense that in my Mom’s final days he could restore her mind and give her those moments of clarity as her loved ones told her their final goodbyes. I’d like to think it was God’s gift to all of us.
She is now completely restored and basking in the Love of her heavenly father. And that is the greatest gift of all.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 NIV
Grace for the journey,
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