When I Am Forgotten

Renee Ann Smith —  June 18, 2014 — 21 Comments

Fleming Pursue the Intentional Life

“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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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

21 responses to When I Am Forgotten

  1. priceless words here, Renee. He never forgets the ones that He loves …

  2. We are always being watched over..

  3. I love this truth!! and that it is for forever! Thanks for sharing this- stopping by from Holley’s

  4. Stopping in from Winsome Wednesday. You were my neighbor. Amen that we are never forgotten by our Heavenly Father.

  5. Sarah Donegan June 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I love that “I am more than I know.” Amen!

  6. Love this. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Beautiful, as always!

    I also wanted to tell you … a while back you reviewed “The Geography of Memory” which has been such a blessing to me & my family as we have lost one parent to Alzheimer’s & am currently caring for another. Thank you so much for sharing about this book.


  8. We are more than we know–but He knows us through and through. I’m loving Jean’s book.

  9. Renee, although my husband’s brother died almost 3 years ago, I found these words healing for me. You see Jim died with a rare dementia which took him in a mere 18 months. I so agree with the idea that something should be posted about the resident in a nursing facility, and in Jim’s it was. Outside each door was a short bio highlighting the interests of the resident, birthplace and date, name preference and as much as an 8.5×11 sheet would hold. At the time, it didn’t strike me as so important because I knew all that about Jim and more. Reading your words today I see it all in a different light. Thanks so much for sharing this powerful quote and your beautiful and poignant post. Dropping in from Still Saturday.

    • How wonderful that your local nursing facility shared the residents stories! And how wonderful that Jim had family to support him when he needed it most. I’m so glad you came by and left some encouragement behind you. Blessings, Sherrey!

  10. Such powerful words and great affirmation Renee! Picture quote is so beautiful and brings a blessing to my heart. Happy to connect with you through SITS!

  11. Yes, it’s a blessing to know that God remembers us and we are His friend as well. I think of how my life is changing as I grow older. My mom is nearing her life’s end. It’s hard to watch. But she is a daughter of the King and that is so wonderful to know. Am connecting through Give Grace community with Lisha. May just have to buy that book and carry it on my Kindle! I’ve heard it’s a good book and I’m over 50! Have a good week!

    • Praying peace & strength for you as you take this leg of the journey with your mom, Becky. How good to know that God holds her heart, soul & body in His hands. And definitely check out the book. I found it to be a breath of fresh air—especially for us 50-ish folks! Blessings!

  12. Renee, That graphic says it all. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  13. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew!

  14. Thank you for this blog. It touches me.

  15. Your blog is always and inspiration!!

  16. Thank you for gifting me with your visits and words, ladies. I appreciate all of you so much!

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