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September 26, 2014Evangelism & Discipleship

10 Truths from Second Forgetting by Benjamin Mast

Remembering the power of the Gospel during Alzheimer's disease
10 Truths from Second Forgetting by Benjamin Mast

1. We are all imperfect and broken. We forget the Lord, even in the best of health. This is what I call “the second forgetting. (19)

2. Never forget the wonder of the good news: God never forgets us or his promises to us, even when we forget him. Throughout Scripture, God remembers first and then acts in grace to rescue his people. (26)

3. Although Alzheimer’s is one of the most devastating and feared conditions among older people, it can develop, in rare instances, in people in their thirties and forties. As many as 30 to 40 percent of people in their eighties have this dreaded disease. (30)

4. The longer the person lives with the disease, the more severe and widespread the underlying brain changes will become. As these changes spread, they begin to overwhelm the person, and as the person is overwhelmed, so is their family. (37)

5. Even though the outlook is not positive for treating Alzheimer’s disease, we are not without hope and we are never alone. We need to learn how to lean on, trust in, and remember our Lord and the powerful promises of the gospel in the midst of the Alzheimer’s disease journey. (41)

6. Memory is more than just the recollection of facts or events; it also involves things we feel and do and, to some extent, less conscious aspects of who we are. (45)

God pursues us and cares for us, even when we don’t understand what he is doing.

7. The Bible tells us that God has a definite storyline for us to live by, one that we often fail to recognize or remember. God’s story transforms our individual stories, giving them new meaning, even when they involve suffering.(57)

8. If you are caring for a person with dementia and find yourself overwhelmed, seemingly unable to do anything, this passage is for you. It is also a word of hope to the person who has dementia. In their weakness, the Spirit intercedes with wordless groans on their behalf as well. Sometimes, a person advances to a stage when articulating needs and prayers becomes difficult, if not impossible. But here we are told that the Lord continues to search and know their hearts, interceding on their behalf with these wordless groans in accordance with God’s will. (67)

9. On average, caregivers spend 70 hours a week providing care. This number is as high as a hundred hours per week among those who do not hold a job and averages about forty hours per week among those who do hold a job. In reality, caregiving represents a second full-time job. (76)

10. God pursues us and cares for us, even when we don’t understand what he is doing. This is God’s radical grace. He never turns away from us, even when we seem to resist his plans.(99)

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