Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Peace that Passes All Understanding

2 Corinthians 5:17 New English Translation (NET Bible)
17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!

Isaiah 43:18-19 New English Translation (NET Bible)
18 “Don’t remember these earlier events;
don’t recall these former events.

19 “Look, I am about to do something new.
Now it begins to happen! Do you not recognize it?
Yes, I will make a road in the desert
and paths in the wilderness.

John 11:25 English Standard Version (ESV)
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,

John 14:26 Living Bible (TLB)
26 But when the Father sends the Comforter[a] instead of me*—and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit—he will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you.

Philippians 4:7 New English Translation (NET Bible)
7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

My mother had called me one evening because she had found a purse in her room she didn't recognize and in it were pictures of people she didn't know.  It was her own purse and the pictures were her own family.  Alzheimer's disease can be truly frightening, even for a redeemed child of God.  There is much I don't know about what happens to follower of Christ with a brain that is losing its way; but I do know some powerful truths.   I know that God Presence will remain in her life, even if she can't recognize Him.  I know the same God that can make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness can make new paths in her brain.  I know the Holy Spirit is fully capable of reminding her who she is in Christ.  I know Jesus redeemed her soul, not her brain, made her a new creation, and gave her the hope of resurrection.  And I know Alzheimer's disease can't touch that.  God truly gives a peace that passes all understanding.  

Light of A Clear Blue Morning - The Wailin' Jennys 

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