Recently a lady sent me this poem. She had decided she was no longer going to visit a friend who had dementia. She wrote, “I’d been going for years, my visits no longer meant anything to her – her mind was gone and I wasn’t going to put myself through that anymore.” Immediately after her decision, someone sent her this poem:
Thank God for YouThank God for you, good friend of mine. Seldom is friendship such as thine; How very much I wish to be As helpful as you’ve been to me. Thank God for You! When I recall from time to time How you inspired this heart of mine, I find myself inclined to pray, God bless my friend this very day. Thank God for You! Of many prayer quests, one thou art, On whom I ask God to impart Rich blessings from His storehouse rare, And grant to you His gracious Care. Thank God for You! So often, at the throne of grace, There comes a picture of your face, And then instinctively I pray, That God may guide you all the way. Thank God for You! Some day I hope with you to stand Before the throne at God’s right hand. And say to you at journey end, Praise God, you’ve been to me a friend.
The friend that sent this to her had no idea of her decision. She goes on to write, “I think it is that Jesus never gives up on us and it is His example we should follow – Never mind about how we feel.” This lady continued her visits and wanted me to share this with you.
Thank heavens for the visitors of the many lonely people, many with dementia, that need company. We learned through our journey that every once in a while the Papaws memories returned and we had some very delightful conversation.