This article Descent into Darkness speaks to feelings and concerns for my parents, Clyde and Betty Crawford. My mother is in early stages of Alzheimers. My father’s mobility is limited. Both are incredibly happy and thankful for life and their love of more than 60 years and we; their children, grand children, and great grand children adore them. I appeal to you for your love and prayers for my parents and our family.
Descent into Darkness
My mother is in the early stages of Alzheimers. As the remains of deceased loved ones are lowered into the caverns of their final resting places, so my family must witness one of our great rocks descend into the darkness.
We had begun to notice more than a year ago that mom was repeating a lot. When we would remind her, she asked us not to because it made her feel bad.
I spent four nights recently with my mom and dad and many of their grand children and great grand children. Mom’s world got in super speed. She could not be still.
She wanted to cook everybody breakfast. That is very normal for her. It was when she wanted to keep on doing it and asking what we wanted for breakfast after we had finished eating that got our attention.
On the second night we were there, she turned the air conditioners on and off seven times before completely turning them off. We could hear her wake up my father who had already been asleep for hours to tell him it was going to get hot.
I call my mom, Betty Jane. Betty Jane’s new life is very different now. She has survived raising me as her child and my siblings, heart bypass surgery, and colon cancer.
As deeply spiritual as our family is, it is hard to see the rationale of God to ask her to carry this condition. It is a sentence of descent into darkness.
I live almost 2,000 miles from the family home. I am insecure about leaving my parents alone.
I am comforted to know that Betty Jane will be back to her natural routine that works. All her guests have now gone.
She experiences the disappointment. She wishes we were all there every day. We wish we could be.
For now, we will monitor and pray. My sisters who live near will look in on them every day. I will call often. We will pray a lot.
Thank you for reading this an or friend for your every good thought. If you have any descending into the darkness of Alzheimers, I will diligently pray for you and your family.
I pray love and blessing to all who read and share this petition for prayer. May God of Creation reveal to us ways to live in health all the days of our lives to be blessing to the Creator, to ourselves, to each other, others, the Earth, and all of life in the name of Jesus, our Christ Messiah. Amen