The Meeting Place
Romans 8:39 (NLT) No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As he took care of his dad whom he felt he had already lost to the clutches of Alzheimer’s disease, Gary got a chance to realize how enduring God’s love is for His children. Since the time his dad began to sit in a silent trance, Gary would say to him daily, “I’m missing you, Pops.” It went this way day in and day out for months. And then one day, Gary stood in desperation before his day and said out loud, “Jesus, I trust you in this!” When he did this, his dad shouted out, “Hey there Jesus, my Friend!” Gary found his dad in the company of his Best Friend - Jesus. It is the same for those of us with a family member whose life has been interrupted by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Our loved one is not lost from Jesus. Their inability to remember things or to be fully in the present with us like they used to is difficult to accept. But we can know that in their spirit there is a meeting place where they are whole in the company of Jesus. Their life continues to be rich even in the midst of changes that are out of their control. Nothing can separate us from God; and in God - we’re never separated from each another.