Weak, Strong; Broken, Whole

“What is my strength that I should wait?

And what is my end, that I should be patient?

Is my strength the strength of stones,

or is my flesh bronze?

In truth I have no help in me,

and any resource is driven from me.”

Job cries out to God, Job 6:11-13 (NRSVA)

Three times I appealed to the Lord about [my suffering], that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me… for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

My dear mother-in-law is very poorly. She had a stroke at the weekend. It’s touch and go, as they say. When my sister-in-law visited yesterday my MIL was extremely distressed and crying out to God. Praise God she is a woman of faith! But dementia can be very cruel. It steals everything you have. When I read the words from Job this morning as part of my daily Bible time, I was immediately struck by how apt they were. Despite the extreme distress of my MIL (which is heart-wrenching because there is no way to offer consolation when a person has no memory, no way to comfort, no way to reassure) it is an honour to know a woman who, when all else is gone, has a faith that cries out to her Redeemer. God help us all.

In my distress I called upon the LORD,

to my God I cried for help.

From his temple he heard my voice,

and my cry to him reached his ears.

Psalm 18:6


God is good. God is always good.

2 thoughts on “Weak, Strong; Broken, Whole

  1. This is heart-breaking, both the circumstances but also your belief that there is nothing you can do to offer comfort. Honey, they are things you can do, from the seemingly simple stroking of a cheek in the way we instinctively do to our babies and which she will understand and recall having done so herself. I won’t describe the area as you’ll just know. She’ll know. Please try this and please continue to talk to her, to sing, to play her favorite music and hymns – all of these and more can connect with and comfort people in a way that will bring you and other family members comfort too. Please try this and look for information on comfort in advanced dementia, check out videos too, it is truly amazing to see one of a lady after 10 minutes of a care giver singing her favorite hymn to her suddenly burst into song with her….not all responses are as profound but it shows that they are still there and can still be comforted.

    Thank you for sharing this and your clear love and care of this precious lady. God bless you all x

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