What good can come of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Mom anticipating opening her Christmas gift.
Mom anticipating opening her Christmas gift.

As a teenager, my mom and her family moved to California for her last two years of high school. She loved it there and always told me stories. She talked about the warm weather, long days at the beach and school dances she had attended.

Most of her free time was spent at the beach with friends. In those days, local bands would show up at the beach and play. It was nothing formal. They would sing a few songs, mingle with everyone then play some more. One of those bands was the up and coming Beach Boys. She talked about how she was friends with them and how nice they were.

Occasionally she would pull out her yearbook and point out classmates who had gone on to become television and movie stars.

About ten years ago, my sister and I took mom back to California. She took us to restaurants and other places she had frequented as a teenager and showed us where scenes from certain movies were filmed. She knew this because she had been to these places and recognized them from the movie.

Today, my mom still talks about those days, but the Alzheimer’s has distorted those memories. She forgets pieces of each story so she strings together the parts she does remember. Once she told me that Elvis had given her a CD as a gift. I started to tell her that is not possible since CDs were not around until after his death, but I decided not to. These are her memories and even though she cannot completely remember them, she has earned the right to tell them like she wants to.

When my mom was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I was overwhelmed and questioned why this had to happen to a wonderful woman in her early sixties. God reminded me of Romans 8:28:

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

How can this disease possibly work for good?

The Alzheimer’s is slowly stripping away my mom’s memories and knowledge of people in her life today. But one thing she has never forgotten is God’s love for her. She attends church every week and sings with great joy and love for the Lord. She lifts her hands up as she sings with her eyes closed and her face radiating with the love of God.

Mom sharing her love of Christ through dancing.
Mom sharing her love of Christ through dancing.

That love shines through her all of the time. If you were to meet my mom, she would greet you with a huge smile on her face and embrace you in a hug and give you a kiss. She greets everyone like this, including strangers. This joy she carries is contagious. She has turned many frowns upside down and been told by many people that she has been a blessing to them that day.

You know that difficult situation you are facing today? Remember that God works for the good of those who love him. Embrace this time and look for the good that God brought out of it.

17 thoughts on “What good can come of Alzheimer’s Disease?

  1. This is a beautiful story my friend. It helps me realize that i really want to live each day as it is my last. It helps me realize to look for the good. God is love and He loves us so much. Sometimes I have to stop, sit, and just close my eyes when life feels out of control. When I slow down He shows me that He is in control. Thank you for sharing your story about your mom. I can see her bringing smiles to all. Her pictures make my heart jump. Your words really ministered to my soul today.

  2. This is a beautiful story my friend. It helps me realize that i really want to live each day as it is my last. It helps me realize to look for the good. God is love and He loves us so much. Sometimes I have to stop, sit, and just close my eyes when life feels out of control. When I slow down He shows me that He is in control. Thank you for sharing your story about your mom. I can see her bringing smiles to all. Her pictures make my heart jump. Your words really ministered to my soul today.

  3. I am so thankful when she grabs my cheeks and says,, I remember you !!! Even if she is not sure of my name, or she thinks I am someone else, it still makes my day !!!!!!!!!!

  4. I am so thankful when she grabs my cheeks and says,, I remember you !!! Even if she is not sure of my name, or she thinks I am someone else, it still makes my day !!!!!!!!!!

  5. Lovely story! My grandmother is in the grip of that beast as well and to say it is heart-wrenching is an understatement. How beautiful to know that because of Jesus, this is but a temporary setback for both your mother and my grandmother. Temporary. One day we will see them more than whole. Until then we can rest in knowing His purposes are good. Grace and peace to you!

  6. Lovely story! My grandmother is in the grip of that beast as well and to say it is heart-wrenching is an understatement. How beautiful to know that because of Jesus, this is but a temporary setback for both your mother and my grandmother. Temporary. One day we will see them more than whole. Until then we can rest in knowing His purposes are good. Grace and peace to you!

  7. Hi Jenny! 🙂 I’m stopping by from Grace and Truth today. It’s hard to imagine finding “good” in Alzheimers, or in any other life trials. But you are exactly right – He works for our good, and when we trust in that, we find peace. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Jen 🙂

  8. Hi Jenny! 🙂 I’m stopping by from Grace and Truth today. It’s hard to imagine finding “good” in Alzheimers, or in any other life trials. But you are exactly right – He works for our good, and when we trust in that, we find peace. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Jen 🙂

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