Heavenly Voices

I spoke with my mother yesterday.  She’ll be 84 soon and as I mentioned before, she lives in a world that none of us want to experience – the mired world of Alzheimer’s.

This unkind disease has caused her to cry every time I call.  She misses me terribly.  There is no doubt that the instincts of motherhood do not diminish over time.

One of the ways I have been able to calm her on the phone is to sing to her.  She was the one who recognized my musical talent.  She is the one who nurtured and encouraged it.

Right now our song of choice is Amazing Grace.  As I sing the words to her, I can feel her spirit quiet and calm down.  Yesterday, she not only listened, but she joined in on verses 2 and 3.  She remembered the words because they were deeply embedded into her mind.

The things we store away in our mind today really do have eternal value.  If we are stuffing the nooks and crannies of our brains with materialism, sinful thoughts and the like — my guess is that those things will be the thoughts which will come back to haunt and possess us when we are older.

But!  What if we were to fill our mind with the thoughts of God?  What if we were to know scripture so well that when Alzheimer’s decimates our mind, we could still recall the words of God?  That we should know them so well they can be easily recalled within our soul?

I cannot think of any better example of Romans 12:2 than my mother.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Consider what is being stuffed inside of your mind.  I am convinced, after singing Amazing Grace with my mother yesterday, that it is essential for me to fill my mind with the things of God each and every day — so that when my mind fails (and in a fallen world, it will) — I will be able to recall things like:

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.  2 Thess. 2:16-17

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:20-21

These words are the only thing that will comfort my heart when my body fails me. For this reason, I thank the Father — for his faithfulness, for his love and the salvation he has granted unto me.

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