Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Flock

Our father spent the last years of his life caring for our mom who was left incapable of anything by Alzheimer's. It was a powerful example to all his children. This is from December 14, 2006.

I walked to the nearby Wendy's for dinner tonight. As I cut through the parking lot of an adjacent restaurant, my path crossed theirs. It was a group of adults with Down Syndrome who had just come out of the Piccadilly Cafeteria from supper. There were four of them, three walking with hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them as they returned to their van. They did not see me: I thought at least one of them might be blind. But, they had each other to lean on and they seemed content. A woman with them, obviously their caregiver, was so kind and considerate to the quartet under her oversight. I was reminded of the statement in Matthew 9 about the Savior's concern for those who struggle to fend for themselves:
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like a sheep without a shepherd."

My mother is now completely at the mercy of others. Alzheimer's has rendered her incapable of defending herself from anything nor can she recognize any potential dangers in her path. God in his mercy gave my dad the responsibility of defending my mother from what remains of her ever-shrinking world. What many would consider an unbearable burden, Dad views as a spiritual blessing. The scriptures are replete with references to shepherd/flock in their roles as protector/protected. Mom is my father's one sheep flock. She has a terrific shepherd.

Applicable quote of the day:
"David wasn't thinking of being king when he tended sheep; he was just doing what God sat before him."
John Fisher

God bless,
Luke 18:1
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kourtney said...

I was just 'passing through' when I happened to come upon your blog. What strikes me is the overwhelming sense of the Love you have, for your family, your students, for God.

I noticed that you have been to Haiti. I have a very special aunt who has been doing missionary work there for 50 years now and is in absolute love with the people of this devastated country. Glad you are on her team! :-)


Clint said...

Thank you for your post today. I reminds me of our growing problem with old-age related issues. We all face them in many ways. Blessings.

Shopgirl said...

This is beautifully written and my heart goes out to your mom and all those who are affected by this terrible illness. My grandmother suffered from it and it was painful for the family as well. Prayers for peace and healing for your family.