Isaiah 49:15: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”

It was several years ago when my siblings and I began to notice that our mother had changed. She began to displace things on a regular basis and became extremely suspicious of people. Our mother is the one person out of nine people aged 65 and older who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that deposits abnormal protein in the brain while destroying cells in the areas that control memory and mental functions.

Memory loss causes a lot of grief for both dementia patients and their loved ones. I expressed some of these emotions in a song I wrote for my mother:  

“Don’t remember your name
Please don’t take it the wrong way
Talking heads is all I see
Nothing makes sense to me

I went for a little walk
Just around the block
Now I don’t know where I am

I’ve lost my groove
And have fallen out of tune
I guess that is why
I feel so frightened and just don’t have a clue

O please help me
Where are my memories?
Help me, tell me where are my memories?

Where’s the wonder once mine?
How do I read the time?
Have no recollection of you
Why do you lie and say I do?

Please learn to live in my world
Since I can’t live in yours
It won’t help to argue
Against my point of view

Take care of my memories
They’re yours now
All of my memories
Are yours

The Lord scoops me up at the end of the day
Even if I don’t remember Him
He remembers me anyway”

When our brain functions deteriorate we may forget who we are. But does this mean we cease to exist? I believe the essence of us is not tied to our brains. The essence of who we are is tied to the Lord. He thinks of us like parents do, like a father and mother combined.

God is love and He never forgets who He is. His love does not change. He is who He is, and we are always on His mind. Should we not remember Him, we can rest assured that the Lord does not forget us – not today, not tomorrow and not in a million years.

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