Posted by: Kris Lindsey | March 27, 2012

Calm Amidst the Catastrophe

Imagine you are the soldier seeing his buddies to the right and left explode, body parts flying and blood splattering. That’s how I’ve felt the last six weeks watching my father-in-law’s rapid descent into dementia. As each bombshell drops—new startling symptoms, or disastrous deficiencies of the medical system—the wounded bystanders multiply. Family. Caregivers. Patients. Very disturbing.

Although watching my father-in-law’s deterioration shakes me to the core, I have simultaneously experienced peace. I had no idea a person could feel traumatized and peaceful at the same time. I don’t think it’s humanly possible on our own.

To what do I attribute this un-natural calm amidst the catastrophe? When the whole thing began, I called up some dear friends and asked them to pray for us. Bob and I asked other friends along the way to pray, too. God’s supernatural response to prayer is my only explanation. We feel God’s power lifting us each day.

Every calamity has revealed an unexpected blessing. Difficult decisions resolved themselves by default. We clearly see God’s hand directing the battle. At every turn a solution appears.

The wisest thing I did for my emotional health during this tough time was to request prayer. We all need help sometimes. I’m thankful for friends who care enough to provide spiritual prayer-cover, and for Jesus who carries me through.

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