Showing love like Jesus

My mom’s last words to me were, “I love you.” But it wasn’t her last conversation with me.

Mom had Alzheimer’s disease, and it stripped away her memories. It was hard to watch as she forgot how to perform simple tasks, but I was heartbroken when she lost the ability to speak.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to care for her if we could not communicate. But to my surprise, for the next year mom spoke louder and clearer than ever before.

Mom smiled. A lot. And to everyone. Her smile was so big and bright, you couldn’t miss it. Armed with that smile, she approached loved ones and strangers with a welcoming hug.

Mom loved to dance. A lot. She once followed a group of teenagers into the park and danced with them. A few weeks later, she started an impromptu dance party in an elevator.

Mom loved. A lot. And when she could no longer verbalize it, she showed it.

Dear Children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth. –

1 John 3:18

God created us to love one another. 1 John 3:18 says to not only talk about your feelings but to show it. There is nothing wrong with telling someone you love them. We need to hear that. But our love becomes real when we show it by the things we do. We can say to a newborn baby, “I love you,” but they are not going to know it until we hold and care for them.

No one showed their love more than Jesus. In his lifetime, Jesus showed his love by teaching the Gospel, feeding those who were hungry, healing the sick, and casting out demons.

My prayer is not for them alone, I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message. - John 17:20

He even prayed for us. Before Jesus was arrested, he spent time in prayer. First, he prayed for his disciples then he prayed for everyone in the future who will believe. That’s you and me. Jesus showed us how much he loved us thousands of years before we were even born.

His ultimate show of love was dying on the cross so that we would have eternal life with God.

Let's take this lesson from Jesus and show someone how much they are loved today.

One more thing about mom

Several years ago, mom and dad were part of a study examining the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Results of this study were posted in t

he Sunday paper. A few weeks later, they followed it up with a series of videos. Mom and dad featured are in the one below.

Mom was still able to speak in this video, and I love watching it because I get to hear her voice.

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