Glen and I will be celebrating this Thanksgiving with our memory care community, enjoying music and festivities, watching the parade and eating traditional turkey and desserts. It’s comforting to be a part of a community that understands what you’re going through. The continuous support we receive from one another is one of the things I am most thankful for on this long journey.
The bible says we should give thanks “in” all circumstances. Notice it says “in” and not “for” all circumstances. (1 Thess 5:18)
No one is thankful for Alzheimer’s!
If there is one thing Alzheimer’s teaches us, it’s to be “in” the moment. Glen lives “in” the moment and enjoys it fully. All his needs are being met and he is surrounded by his loving family and friends. That’s a lot to be thankful for!
As I celebrate this Thanksgiving with my husband, I will enter his moment. I will look into his eyes, hold his hand, kiss him, share a meal and be truly be grateful for the life we’ve shared and the children and grandchildren God has given us.
We may not be able to share the past or plan the future together, but we can find peace in the present by embracing it with love and gratitude.
As themes of seedtime and harvest permeate this holiday, they remind us that we will reap exactly what we sow. Whether you believe the bible, karma, or just the evidence in nature, it should be pretty evident that although caregiving is hard work, it will ultimately have its reward. Therefore:
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
So remember, no matter how difficult your situation may be, rejoice and give thanks as you continue to plant seeds of kindness, mercy, and love. In doing so, you are setting an example of compassion and perseverance that will bear fruit in others for generations to come and will ultimately be returned to you.
This message is conveyed beautifully in the lyrics of a song my husband released in 1994.
Come Harvest Time