Advent Devotional: Monday, December 9

Evelyn Crooke

Monday, Second Week of Advent:  Peace                              
December 9, 2013

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27

This past summer I visited a nephew who has been diagnosed with extreme dementia.  He can no longer manage his financial affairs or attend to simple household duties.  He struggles with names and places and cannot remember what happened yesterday.  He once taught music on the college level and was Minister of Music in the church he attended.

As bedtime neared during my visit, he requested that we gather around the piano and sing some of the old hymns.  His tenor voice rang out on Blessed Assurance, Peace Be Still, He touched Me, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, and many other familiar hymns.  As we sang, I noticed the calming effect the music had on my nephew.

Dimentia can destroy a person’s memory but it cannot take away God’s presence in the heart of a believer.  God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and he takes care of his children, even those with dementia.

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for the gift of music.  Thank you for peace that passeth all understanding.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen