Let me first say that I in no way mean any disrespect to anyone dealing with the pain of a loved one suffering from any form of dementia. However, God does have a reason for everything He does. This true story showed me how what we sometimes think of as a ‘curse’ can be a blessing in disguise for some.

Years ago I used to do nursing home ministry. I would visit two nursing homes, once each month. As I walked down through the halls I would see the same faces. There were some residents who had regular visits from family and friends, but unfortunately, there too many who never got a visitor…ever.

There were also varying levels of mental health. I would hear one lady in particular at one of the nursing homes say the same thing every time I visited. She would sit in her wheelchair in the entrance to her room as I walked by…she would smile and say,

“I’m going home today”.

No, she wasn’t going home. She was one of the residents who never had visitors, and her family had moved on with their lives. At first I felt sorry for her because her situation seemed so hopeless…but then God gave me an awesome revelation.

In her hopeless situation…her dementia was a blessing!

Blessing? How was her dementia a blessing?

In reality, she woke up every morning WITHOUT hope of going home.

But through her dementia, she woke up every morning WITH hope of going home.

God gave her a reason to smile EVERY DAY.

God gave her something to look forward to EVERY DAY.

God gave her HOPE in a HOPELESS situation.

She spent her last days with HOPE.

What many may think of as a CURSE, was actually a BLESSING to her.

God’s wisdom is amazing!

He can can pull HOPE out of HOPEless…


Stop and give God praise for His unfathomable wisdom. Paul was right in Romans 11…

Romans 11: 33-36
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has become His counselor?”
35 “Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.



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  1. My mom has short-term memory loss. One nice thing about it is she is so happy to have her egg and toast each morning. She says, “Oh my! This is lovely.”

    She has forgotten some of her past too, but only the bad things!

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  2. HI Bro Al
    Strictly speaking this is not totally on topic, but I actually have a dementia related prayer request. Two days a week my wife and I go to a local assisted living facility and she plays piano and I lead the folks in some singing. The vast majority of residents claim Jesus as their savior, and some never say either way. There is one fellow, however, who is very adamant about his atheism and rejection of God. He is very articulate and reasoned in his arguments, as they are straight from the atheist handbook. We have actually become friends of a sort, and he loves the singing for some reason. The problem is that he is actually in the early stages of a form of dementia, and eventually will no longer understand what is being presented to him. Be in prayer that the Holy Spirit will move his heart while he still has the ability to accept that call. I am very burdened by this. Thanks in advance, brother.

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  3. This is excellent and so true. My mother-in-law died of complications resulting from Alzheimer’s. She didn’t even know who she was, but could sit and sing the hymn “Jesus Loves Me” for hours. It’s unfortunate that we live in a day, however, when we need to begin speaking about the blessing of God with an apology.

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