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Isaiah 46:4 – Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (NIV)

Aging is inevitable because it is part of the life cycle that each of us has to face. Today's verse tells us that God knows the direction and the outcome of each person's life.

Over the years, I have had the privilege of being able to visit many individuals who live in retirement homes and assisted living facilities. Not everyone faces the same challenges, but they are all together in the same boat, encountering the winter of their lives. Most of those whom I visit are living in their own little world, and that is where we should meet them.

Previously, I shared with you my family's story about my mother's journey through dementia, a devastating disease not only for the affected individuals but also for the entire family and close friends. Dementia robs the person of their memories and their ability to live a healthy normal lifestyle on their own.

After our mother settled down in her assisted living facility, we became like new friends, as she shared great, vivid, previously unheard stories with me. As the disease progressed, her outlandish and surprising stories stopped, and I missed both her stories and our renewed friendship. The conversations that my mother and I shared during the various stages of her dementia were priceless. They still bring a smile to my face. Although our mother isn't aware of her surroundings, she still knows that she is loved when she is spoken to on the phone or in person.

Psalm 71:18 – Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come. (NIV)

We show gratitude and love for our aged parents when we care for them, returning the gift of their care for us as children. If our parents are still young or are no longer with us, we can reach out to others who are in the same situation as my mother and who may not have any family who will visit and care for them.

It is essential that we meet each person where they are in life because we know who they are, even if they don't remember who they are anymore. This attention will bring praise to our heavenly Father, for Jesus told us that when we visit someone who is sick or infirm, we do it as to Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to meet others wherever they are in their lives today. Give us grace, strength, patience, and understanding during these tough times. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for opening the doors of our hearts with love while we care for them. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Beautiful! Blessings on your treasure sharing.

    Thanks for such an encouraging message on Mother’s Day. God bless!

    Such wonderful advice, and requests from our Lord. Very timely for me.
    Thank you for sharing.

    What beautiful thoughts, Yvonne. Thank you so much for sharing your God-given wisdom.

    So true! I am so ready to tell the next generation and I pray for boldness! Thanks for sharing my sister in the Lord.

    Thank you, Yvonne Myers, for all you do and may God continue to strengthen, favor, and be merciful to you and your family.

    Thank you for your thoughts today. I am 95 and am being cared for by a great and loving family.
    Bless you.

    This was a beautiful and endearing story! May your mother and all mothers be blessed by their children, family, and friends to love, support, and care for them in the “Winter of their Lives”! Amen.

    Good advice, Yvonne. It’s so easy to look at people in the later stages of life or who are disabled in some way and think that they don’t matter. But they matter to God, and they should matter to us as well.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today. At eighty plus years old, I’m at the life stage where my bodily faculties are beginning to wane. So far, I still remember who everyone is and who I am…a much-loved child of God! Blessings.

    Thank you for your very mindful devotional today, Yvonne. Yes, it is important that we reach out with help to those around us and these days many families are dealing with elderly members suffering from dementia and in need of extra attention. Blessings for writing.

    Thank you for your devotional, Yvonne. While my husband and I are blessed to still live on our ranch in our high 80’s, so many of our friends are described by you in your devotional today. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for the devotional Yvonne.
    Being ninety years old, my parents are long gone, but I am grateful to God for blessing us with faithful Christian parents, and for good health and clarity of mind!
    Keep those devotionals coming!

    Good morning, Yvonne,
    As you can imagine, my years of volunteering at the local long term care home, I can relate to what you wrote.
    Thank you for your good words and Bible passages this morning.
    Blessings on your day.

    How touching, Yvonne!
    I visit a friend in a Care home, but she is alert, reads the daily newspaper and gets a load of library books delivered each month… at 98!
    Her need is friendship, as the other residents mostly are in various stages of dementia.
    What we often do together is SING. She knows the words of hymns, musicals, oldies, pop tunes. Does your Mom respond to music?
    Much gratitude for your writing, your friend from the West!

    Good morning, Yvonne,
    This is a great message. People forget that visitors help to change the day for others even if they don’t know who you are. Even my sister-in-law who got early onset dementia who lost all her words has a beautiful smile when you visit her and take her for a walk in her wheelchair or watch TV with her or just be there.
    Thanks for reminding us all of how we can spread the love and for the prayer for guidance. Blessings.

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