Psalm 46:1-3 (CEB) 1 God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. 2 That's why we won't be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, 3 when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.
Many of you are aware that my mother has been having health problems recently. She has Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia that has been getting worse in recent months. Although she lives with my brother in her home, she has been staying by herself during the day while he’s been away at work. A few weeks ago she had a ‘spell’ and was physically and mentally unable to take care of herself. My brother took a week of vacation and Mom rebounded pretty well. I spent most of next week with her and she seemed to be doing well. We hired a sitter to come in half a day two days a week and thought that would be sufficient to help her get to her weekly beauty shop appointment and assist her with some housekeeping.
Last Friday I went back and spent the day with her because she has had 2 or 3 more instances of confusion that have made it clear to us she cannot stay at home by herself anymore. If something were to happen at the house, she would not know what to do, where to go or who to call. Therefore, we are in the process of arranging sitters and day care and other things so that she can safely stay at home as much as possible. If her physical health holds up we know that she will one day have to move to a retirement home or care facility full time, but we want her to enjoy her home as long as possible.
Our hearts are broken, but we are so blessed that Mom is happy and otherwise healthy. God is our refuge and our strength and is walking us through these dark days. I thank you for your prayers for my brother, my sister and myself as we navigate these uncertain times. I know many of you have had to do the same with your family members and your strength and perseverance encourages me. We face the future without fear because we know that God is watching over us. God has my mother in the palm of his hand and when it appears that things are falling apart, God has given us certainty about the future, both hers and ours!
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