When Richard Barry was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, it was his wife, Jane, who became his primary caregiver. It felt like a second job. Even when Richard went into a nursing home, the task of caregiving did not end. Jane became his advocate.
It was the smallest things that mattered the most. Jane insisted that Richard wear pajamas to bed, and not a hospital gown. She made sure his teeth were cared for, something that can get neglected in nursing homes, and she did everything possible to promote comfort and dignity for her husband.
Their love endured. When Richard passed away at age 66, he could still recognize Jane. Until the very end, Richard was able to express his love for his wife, no longer using words, but with his facial expressions.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is one of the toughest jobs in the world. It’s not just your loved one’s life that changes with an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Your own life is also dramatically altered as you assume the role of caretaker.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
Why not just forgive my sin and take away my guilt? For soon I will lie down in the dust and die. When you look for me, I will be gone.” (Job 7:21)
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. (Psalm 19:12)
For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. (Psalm 25:11)
Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. (Psalm 25:18)
Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. (Psalm 51:14)
Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all. (Psalm 65:3)
Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury! (Psalm 78:38
Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name. (Psalm 79:9)
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. (Psalm 86:5)
But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15)
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. (Psalm 103:3)
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. (Psalm 103:8)
But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. (Psalm 130:4)
The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. (Psalm 145:8)
The people of Israel will no longer say, “We are sick and helpless,” for the Lord will forgive their sins. (Isaiah 33:24)
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