“I wish he would just die!” exclaimed the exhausted and exasperated wife of an early-onset Alzheimer patient. “There is no light at the end of the tunnel,” she continued with tears rolled down her cheeks.
For six years her husband had been slipping away.
“How much longer must this go on?” she asked.
He had gone through the degenerative stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. First, he lost his job due to the yet undiagnosed development of amyloid protein in his brain. For a while, he could stay at home alone and even drive. But eventually, the keys were taken followed by adult day care placement. Eventually, he was placed in a full-time care facility.
Eventually he did die, and his wife misses him terribly. She almost can’t believe she expressed her feelings of that moment in such a way. But, at the time she couldn’t see the end. The man in the facility wasn’t her husband. It was only the mortal shell of the one she remembered and loved.
She was weary and at the end of herself. The tunnel seemed long with no end in sight. The author of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament gives this advice:
…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1 NASB.
Franklin D. Roosevelt advised, “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
In times like these it helps to seek a power greater than ourselves. Utilizing His power is not a weakness but a source of renewal. Much like a weightlifter drinking a protein drink before his workout, we must seek the power available to us through Christ.
In 1922 Helen H Lemmel wrote the hymn Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus. The words might encourage you.
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see:
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
In the darkness it may seem there will be no end to your suffering. However, concentrate on Christ and everything else will seem less important. The light at the end of the tunnel is the One who is the source of our strength.
© Copyright 2018 Ronald Milburn