15th March 2013

God Remembers When We Forget

“…your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Colossians 3:3 (NIV UK)

When we forget, God remembers.

Most often my mother does not know who I am. I like to think that perhaps she recognizes my face but cannot quite place it, but really I don’t know. She was diagnosed some years ago with both vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She has always had a strong heart, and her body keeps going despite the deterioration in her mind.

Where is her spirituality? What about her future life after death? Is she lost for all eternity? What if I develop dementia and forget all about God, what happens then? The above scripture gives me comfort. It says that our life is hidden with Jesus Christ in God. It seems to describe my mother’s state perfectly. The essence of her life – all the wonderful things about her, the sparkle in her eyes that has now gone, what made her who she was  – has disappeared as if hidden from us and also from her. Who my mother was, her spiritual self, is now hidden, kept safe with God. God has her and he is keeping her protected in Christ Jesus.

This is the faith I cling onto: even though it appears that my mother has forgotten everything, God remembers her completely. In God’s memory there is hope beyond compare.

In a few weeks the thoughts of Christians around the world will turn to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In one way it’s sad that this has become for many a seasonal memory because his death and his victory over it are relevant every day. In Christ we die daily, Paul explained, and each morning we rise to newness of life.

When we were lost in sin and had no knowledge or memory of the grace of God, God remembered us in Christ Jesus. That is the message of salvation – though we forgot, God remembered us on the cross.

We may forget God, but God always remembers us.

Father, thank you that, when all seems hopeless, when we forget so many things and sometimes forget you, you remember us. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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One Response to “15th March 2013”

  1. Diana Hall on March 15th, 2013 8:35 am

    Dear Mr Henderson,
    Your Day by Day today was an emotional one for me. It’s tragic when a loved one has dementia. My mum had dementia and it was a very difficult time for the whole family, but I know that mum never forgot God. She got to the stage where conversation was almost impossible but one day mum mumbled something and I asked her what she’d said. Her very plain reply, “I’m talking to God.”
    Best Wishes, Di Hall.

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