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Topic: MAP (01/31/19)
TITLE: Soul Sighting
By Bonnie Kronberger
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I’ve seen something else but it has no beauty—pictures of the brain afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Swiss cheese comes to mind. A misshaped mass, riddled with holes. Too much lost to find the way. But I’m convinced that through the holes weave a path of memories, a map that leads the mind to and fro, in and out, but always back to a love that is not forgotten.
We sit, my husband and I, side by side in our chairs drinking morning coffee, mostly in silence. Lee has forgotten more words than he can remember. He doesn’t know if he’s eaten or if we’ve had company but he loves eating and company.
This morning I decide to read aloud from the Psalms, longing to chase away the silence. The sound of God's word delights my heart. Unexpectedly Lee speaks. “Glory to God.”
“Yes! Glory to God,” I repeat. I smile at him but he looks past me.
I finish reading and sit in silence. Lee surprises me again. “I believe every word.”
What an unusual utterance. Lee occasionally will start to ask a question but the sentence fades away as he struggles with strange sounds, his mouth twisting, tongue working, trying to speak words which have disappeared from his memory. Now I hear a beautiful sentence. Is Lee following a map, unknown to me—a course with twists and turns, guiding to the ultimate memory of worshiping the Lord?
I continue my morning devotions, singing with thankfulness. Let’s just praise the Lord, praise the Lord. . .
I’m stunned when I hear Lee’s off-key voice singing jumbled words. He watches me, trying to mouth the words. Quickly bringing up the song on YouTube, I place the iPad where he can see the lyrics. Glorious worship happens. Lee’s lips quiver and tears well in his eyes. My hands slowly rise toward heaven, basking in the presence of the Lord. I sense movement and see Lee raising his hands as he continues to sing, Let’s just lift our hands toward heaven and praise the Lord. . . I suspect the path is mapped through his shriveled mind that leads him to glory.
Have I just been given a peek at a soul set free? How amazing that God misses no movement of our heart or soul, that he journeys with us, whether through the holey brain of Alzheimer’s or through the holy mind of His child. This is beyond understanding.
I listen to Lee sing and my soul feels freed to sing along with him.
Based on Psalm 139:2 TPT You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it enters my mind.
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