Author: Susan Bates (Oregan, USA)
‘Betty, you are my favourite patient!’ the young doctor greeted my 90-year-old mother when my sister and I accompanied her to a regular check-up. Mum has been dealing with dementia for many years. The doctor asked her detailed questions to gauge her mental capacity. She had difficulty answering trivial questions, so the doctor asked, ‘Betty, can you write a sentence or two?’
Without hesitation, Mum quickly wrote on a piece of paper, folded it, and handed it to the doctor. The doctor read aloud, ‘Jesus said… “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”’ (John 14:6, NRSV).
‘Doctor, you can believe it!’ Mum said, her face glowing. The doctor smiled as he completed his notes.
After the appointment, we took Mum back to her sheltered housing complex, where she is cherished by the staff and other residents as she shares God’s love through her joyful spirit. We will never forget how Mum ended her prayer with us that day: ‘Jesus, I hope you have a wonderful day!’
Despite her illness, Mum continues to be an example of God’s faithfulness, inspiring us as she leaves her spiritual legacy. Her prayer reminded us that we can always talk to Jesus as a friend.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for your faithfulness, and thank you for being a friend to us. Amen