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Topic: NOISE (05/03/18)
TITLE: Wrapped in Love
By Bonnie Kronberger
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Thunder claps, making ominous sounds throughout the house. Lightning forces ghostly fingers of white through the slats of wooden blinds.
“What’s that? Who’s here?” Lee frantically whispers. I try to reassure him with calming words. Lee dwells in his Alzheimer’s world, often a confusing place. Tonight the storm brings restless watchfulness. We have gone to bed, lights out, and he immediately becomes fearful and anxious.
Strong winds whip branches against the house, with staccato slaps. Pelting rain resonates as it strikes the window. Lightning brightens the room for a second and Lee is sure something is on fire. He lifts his head, looking left and right. “See, there’s a fire!” He points to the little red light on the black TV. Once more, my explanation of reality gives him a moment’s reprieve from his fears, but all too soon that understanding is forgotten. He continues raising his head, eyes darting back and forth, looking for answers to his fears.
I pray for wisdom as I scoot close and wrap my arms around him. In his distress, love and compassion overwhelms my heart. Snuggling my head near to his ear, I whisper, “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.” His body begins to relax. “I will fear no evil for God is with me.”
Slowly, softly, my voice lifts in song, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so….”
He quietly sings along with me. “Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me.” Ah yes, Jesus does love us. I feel surrounded by His power and presence. I too am relaxing as I continue to sing songs of our Savior and His love for us.
Eventually Lee speaks, “I think I’m ready to go to sleep now. Stay close.” The noise of the storm has abated. Peace has settled on the land and in Lee’s head.
As I begin to doze, he raises his head one final time and asks, “Who are you?”
“I’m your wife, Bonnie.”
“Oh good.” He sighs, satisfied, and drifts off to sleep, wrapped in the love of Jesus and in the arms of his wife.
1 Kings 19:11, 12 …a mighty windstorm hit….but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. (NLT)
A TRUE STORY
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