Something to remember

Crist Langelett
The Chaplain’s Corner

Some people certainly have better memories than do others. Norma and I have been doing care center visitation and volunteering for many years. The age and rate of memory loss can vary tremendously. We have a very dear friend named Larry who is 93 years old. Physically he needs an assistant along with his walker to go any place. We talk about things we did together 40 years ago. He remembers the details and even why we did them.

Most older people know when they are hungry, thirsty or need to use the bathroom facilities. How much is memory and how much is habit or responding to need? I don’t have any real knowledge on the topic. Three practices are everyday practices for my old friend. These he does besides his physical needs.

Recently while visiting, Larry told me that one of the first things he does each morning is to read his Bible. When we talk about problems of people or organizations he is usually waiting to pray for or about the situation. His church is a Monday afternoon Bible study. He eats physically and spiritually in the same dining hall. Well, you get the idea. We can pray, read our Bibles and go to church.

For the 2014 club, July 6 takes us to Job 34 and Acts 13.

Remember the three daily or weekly needs. God’s Word teaches that we should do all three.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the city of North St. Paul and the Washington County Jail. He is also a volunteer at the local food shelf.


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