Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Can dementia be a friend?

A Christian friend of mine - I'll call him Jack - was telling me at breakfast yesterday how his father came to believe in Jesus Christ. This happened at the end of a life in which the father had distanced himself from Christ.

As the father advanced in age he developed a serious illness together with dementia. While Jack helped care for his father, they had opportunities to talk.

Jack discovered something amazing: the dementia had caused the father to forget the objections he formerly had to belief in Christ! Now he listened and ultimately put his faith in Christ, the son of God!

To a person who is not Christian, this may seem only a quirk or unusual development in a wasting illness.

To me and my Christian friend, it seems God used the dementia to offer the father a clean spiritual slate - a blank sheet of paper on which his Maker proceeded to write the truth and won him over to Christ. And to eternal life.

Jesus said, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27

I believe this.

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