Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Uncle Harold

This devotion is dedicated to my Uncle Harold.  He has become ill, and as a result, has been put in a nursing home.  He shows severe signs of some type of dementia, but doctors can not find anything wrong with him.  There is most definitely something wrong.  He sees things that are not there.  He talks almost completely out of his head, and now, he doesn't even know my aunt, who has been married to for ever. It breaks her heart to have to place him in this nursing home, but she is unable to take care of him while he is in this state.  Uncle Harold is retired Army and has never been sick other than an occasional cold.  That's why this hurts so much.  This is one of the strongest men I have ever known, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.  You may not know my Uncle Harold, but you probably know someone in this same shape.  God only knows what is going through his mind!

You know what?  That's one thing that gives me strength at this moment:  God does know what is going on in his mind.  Uncle Harold may not be able to communicate with us the way he used to, but I feel positive he is still communicating with God the same way he always has.  He is a Christian and loves the Lord very much.  God is holding him right this very minute.  Please pray for him, and also, please pray for my Aunt Glenda, as she is a bucket of emotions right now.  I also feel positive God is holding her, too.  Our God holds all of us when we need Him.  Praise be to the Lord!

Psalm 119:165 says, "Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble."

Father, I pray for Uncle Harold right now and ask you to give him a speedy recovery.  Also, please be with my aunt as she also struggles through these hard times.  In Jesus name, Amen.


  1. Praying for you and your family. I know how you feel.

  2. Allen, thank you for sharing something that is so intensely private. My prayers to your Uncle Harold and Aunt Glenda, and to your family as they learn to deal with his condition. May God lay his mighty healing hands on your family during this time.

  3. Good Morning Allen,

    I am praying for your Uncle Harold and Aunt. And for the doctors, nurses, support staff and all the family and friends.

    I love the Psalm 139… It talks of the intimacy that God knows us. God has hemmed your Uncle in… “You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me” (NIV Bible Psalm 139:5). And… in verse 16 it says… “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” God loves your Uncle and Aunt so much. There He is with them, laying His hand upon them and surrounding them with His presence… always!

    Have a very blessed day…. in Christ,


  4. I work with dementia residents at a nursing home. I know what your talking about. Praying for your family. I justed wanted you to know most of the people I work with included myself see our jobs as a calling. Hopefully the nursing staff where your uncle is feels the same. God Bless.

  5. Allen,

    I am so sorry to hear about your Uncle Harold. I remember us going to his house and playing in the pool and grilling. Most of us took a cooler.....haha He and the family are my prayers.

    Love Ya