When I saw this prayer, written by an unknown author, at the Carmelite monastery where I do volunteer work, I knew I had to incorporate it into an image and offer its consoling words to those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s as well as to family, friends, and medical personnel who care for those afflicted with this disease. I chose an image of a cloud-filled sky as the sun was setting because those with Alzheimer’s are largely in the sunset of their lives and have to contend with many issues that cloud their lives.
Prayer for an Alzheimer’s Sufferer
Please grant my visitors tolerance for my confusion,
Forgiveness for my irrationality,
and the strength to walk with me
Into the mist of memory my world has become.
Please let them take my hand and stay awhile
Even though I seem unaware of their presence.
Help them to know how their strength and loving care
Will drift slowly into the days to come
Just when I need it most.
Let them know when I don’t recognize them
that I will . . . I will.
Keep their hearts free from sorrow for me
For my sorrow when it comes only lasts a moment –
then it’s gone.
And finally please let them know
how very much their visits mean,
How, even through this relentless mystery,
I can still feel the love.