#139 - I'm Struggling with Alzheimer's/Dementia
Volume 1 - Prayers to Love God
Dear Father, I have Alzheimer's. It's been diagnosed. Great. Wonderful. I'm going to lose my mind. This is how my life ends. Father, just take me now. Really. Don't put me through this. I don't want to lose my capacity to think or to be independent. Is my destiny to just sit in a chair and stare at faces I don't recognize? Father, please don't do this to me. Please don't do this to my loved ones. I don't want to be a burden to anyone. I'm already having trouble learning. I'm losing my short-term memory. I'm forgetting details in conversations. Soon I won't remember names. I won't be able to process paperwork. I won't know who I am, where I am, or what time it is. I may live in a world of delusion, my mind disengaged from reality. Father, You are God. You can heal me of this. However, I know that this may be how my life is to end. My Alzheimer's may be the adversity You have given my loved ones to deal with so that they draw closer to You. Father, I ask for four things. First, forgive me of my rebellion in life. I ask that what Jesus Christ did on the cross paid the penalty for my rebellion. Help me to live the remainder of my coherent days loving You with all my heart, soul, and mind and loving those around me. Second, watch over me and take care of me when my diseased mind can no longer communicate with You. May Your Holy Spirit represent me when my reason is gone. Third, don't let me live one minute longer than is necessary for my loved one's benefit. I want a renewed mind being in Your presence as soon as Your will permits. Fourth, bless my family. Help them as they care for me. Let them know I love them and appreciate their care though I can no longer communicate. Amen.
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