Life as We Know It

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Life As We Know it
There she was sitting in the driver’s seat on a cold crisp morning wanting to go home, but not sure of where she is or which way to begin the trip back home; an extreme state of confusion engulfs her. Wondering, “How did I get here?” “Where am I?” Finally, in the distance, granny sees a car approaching and her entire body freezes with fear, because a stranger is getting closer and closer to her in this strange place. Thoughts run through her mind that causes her to panic. These are the symptoms of an acute case of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out simple tasks. It is hard to prepare yourself to become a stranger to someone you have known and loved all of your life. Her outer appearance says she is my grandmother, but the sweet, loving, honest, and firm Christian spirited lady gradually melts away right before my very eyes. I can still hear her soft voice ringing in my spirit as she taught me how to make biscuits in her tiny kitchen, “Use just enough grease, bout the size of an egg.” The love and passion that constantly poured from her heart like water streaming from an ever flowing river was the glue that bonded the family together. It’s so lonesome here now that she has gone to her home in Glory. Glory is the place of majestic beauty and splendor that emanates from God’s character. It is not a material beauty, but the beauty of God’s spirit. She is missed here on earth, but she has gone to a place where everlasting peace and joy surpasses the troublesome life here on earth as we know it.
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