Each Thursday I visit my mother, who is in a nursing home. She cannot hear and I communicate with her through a whiteboard and marker. She is 93 years old and has always loved God and been an active Christian and very intimate with the Father. We have been told that she has advanced dementia. She is often sleeping when I visit due to the amount of medications she is on and restless sleeps at night time.

Yesterday when I visited it was 26 degrees and a beautiful sunny day so I took her out into the garden. She was drifting in and out of sleep so I decided to have some God time with her. I sang every Christian song I could think of, including some of her favourite hymns. Then I prayed over her, thanking God that he was the God of those who were growing old and for how he had chosen her for his kingdom. I recited scriptures too. Her hand was tapping in time to the songs I was singing even though she appeared to be asleep. Then she spoke in tongues. I was so happy and encouraged that the Holy Spirit in her was able to respond to her, even in her confusion and lack of hearing.

After this I looked up to see a nurse hurrying after an elderly man who was making a bee line for us. He used to be an ex pastor but now has advanced dementia. He obviously heard the singing and scripture and wanted to join us. The Holy Spirit connected with him. I felt I heard the Lord saying, "Let my people come." The Holy Spirit is a power to reckon with. It can override any difficulty, any mountain, any communication breakdown. Amen

Posted in October 2016

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