"Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you, and I will bear you and I will deliver you."
One thing is for sure in this life; we are all aging and only have a limited time on this earth. Death is sure as our bodies begin to literally deteriorate and break down through the aging process.
One of the most difficult things in my life has been to helplessly watch old age and alzheimers wrap it’s cruel fingers around my mother’s life. She has always been healthy, vivacious, and young even though she was in her eighties! She is now approaching her 90th birthday. I began to notice the symptoms, but refused to accept reality. The last six months have been a forced reality of having to get 24 hour daily help, and taking my very independent mother out of her home.
There is no way to describe what that does to someone who never believed it could ever happen in their family. No matter how hard you try you cannot fix it. Mom requires the same care as my four toddlers did. Caring for toddlers is exciting and a pleasure as we help them grow and become independent. It is very unnatural when its the woman who took care of you, and you are trying so hard to allow her to keep her dignity, but each day brings less independence and seeing her totally at the mercy of other people.
My only comfort is the promises of God he speaks to me deep in my spirit. He is always with her when I can’t be. I have to entrust her as I do my children into His love and care. We don’t lose our value with age with our Lord. He doesn’t walk out on us as many do the elderly. He promises us in this verse He will be the same. We are always His children no matter what our age or condition. He will carry us when necessary and deliver us safely home. I cling to these promises when I become anxious for my precious mother when we are separated. It also helps relieve my anxiety knowing my own future is safe trusting in the only One who is trustworthy who never lies. May it be a comfort to you also today, and for those we love and hold dear.
In His love.
My mom and I enjoying one of our treasured walks together.