Listen to this devotional:
Isaiah 49:15 – Can a mother forget the infant at her breast, walk away from the baby she bore? But even if mothers forget, I'd never forget you — never. (MSG)
My dad has Alzheimer's disease. Since I live a distance of few hours' drive from mom and dad's home, I don't visit in person very often. About a month ago, I took that trip to see them. As a daughter, I did not expect I would need to introduce myself, but I should have. My dad was trying to hide the fact that he did not know who had dropped in, even though mom had informed him of my impending arrival in a few hours. You could tell he recognized the face, but the name had eluded him.
Later, I thought about my visit and the fact that dad had failed to remember who I was. I was one of the family, but unknown to the parent. What an odd feeling!
Each of us will one day leave this life and be welcomed into heaven, if we are spiritually prepared. It would be sad not be to recognized by the family, but even sadder if our heavenly Father did not recognize us. I am so thankful for the promise God has given us that He will never forget us.
Prayer: Lord, often we forget You because of our busyness or other seemingly more important duties that grab our attention. Thank You for not forgetting us, but instead continuing to love and provide Your grace in our daily lives. Lord, for those struggling with Alzheimer's disease and similar ailments, we ask that You would be especially close to them today, providing them with memory of loved ones. Amen.