“I belong to Christ forever.
I am His redeemed and adopted child—even if I am unknown by all around me.
Even if no one knows the story of my life, the Lord will not forget me.
Even if I forget my own name, He will claim me.
I am His.”
~Jean Fleming, Pursue the Intentional Life~
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After taking care of my aunt while she suffered through Alzheimer’s and watching dementia steal so much from my mother before she died, these words from Pursue the Intentional Life were healing balm.
In the book, Jean, a dear woman in her 70’s, writes, “nursing homes should be decorated to remind those who pass that the infirm were not always so vague, nearly nameless:
- This woman raised eight children and got her GED at sixty-two years of age.
- This man fought in Sicily and North Africa, carried a wounded eighteen-year-old farm boy to safety, and got a Purple Heart.
- This man was married to the same woman for seventy years, is a recent widower, and put six kids through college (only three were his own).
Do all old people blur together in the minds of those who pass them? Of course identity isn’t just an issue associated with age. It isn’t just that others don’t know who we are; we wonder about it ourselves.
From our earliest days we need to know who we are. The trouble is that no one can tell us. Not really.
I am more than my intellect, my body type, my contribution. I am more than I know.
My circumstance will change, but not my identity. I belong to Christ forever; I am His redeemed and adopted child.“
Jean Fleming’s little book is filled with wise, challenging & beautiful truth. It’s a treasure I’ll re-read and share with others as often as possible. (Christmas shopping in June?) Here’s a link to check it out further if you’re interested.
You can hear Jean talk about each section of the book at the Bloom Book Club. This link shows the schedule for each online session with Jean.
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