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Caring in the Light of Eternity
In the latest issue of “Triple Helix” John Wyatt has written a moving and inspiring article based on his experience of caring for a relative with dementia. Below is a small extract.
“And even the hospital bed, the intensive care unit, the care home, the hospice, the place of disease and dementia and pain and dying, even those places can become invaded by a breath, a fragrance, a melody from the new creation, by the life-
“In fact Christian love can only be intelligible, can only make sense, in the light of the Christian hope. ‘Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…’ (1 Corinthians 13:7)
“From an earthly perspective it seems that, all too often, love does fail. You pour out your love, your care, your time and attention and then it’s gone. It seems so often as though your love is thrown back in your face. To show persistent, sacrificial love to a disabled child, a violent disturbed adolescent, a chronic schizophrenic, may seem pointless, futile, and meaningless.
But the words of Paul remind us and rebuke us when we are despairing – ‘Love never fails’.
“This hope, reflected in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, is that though tongues will fail, prophecies will become unnecessary and partial knowledge will become complete, those hidden acts of genuine love and compassion will somehow remain. In some mysterious way they will become part of, become incorporated into the new heaven and the new earth.
“By God's grace those who were round her bedside will meet my mother again. And together we will walk and laugh and sing in the new heaven and new earth. The love poured out years ago has not been lost or forgotten. 'Love never fails'.” 18
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