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Oh Really? The Word of God Abides Forever

Oh Really? The Word of God Abides Forever

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Published by Herm Zandman
When Christian people lose their communicative abilities on account of trauma or old age the amazing thing is that they still continue to be responsive where God's Word is concerned. Two case studies are presented here and obvious, but very astounding and comforting, conclusions are drawn as testimony to the power of God's Word and God the Word.
When Christian people lose their communicative abilities on account of trauma or old age the amazing thing is that they still continue to be responsive where God's Word is concerned. Two case studies are presented here and obvious, but very astounding and comforting, conclusions are drawn as testimony to the power of God's Word and God the Word.

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Oh Really?The Word of God Abides Forever 
 Isaiah 40:8,
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our Godshall stand for ever.”
She had been a member of the Free Presbyterian Church all her life. Faithfully anddiligently she had read the Scriptures and memorized multiple sections of the Wordthroughout her life. Now, during the autumn of her life, she started to lose control of her faculties little by little. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, that degenerativedisease which leaves a human being ultimately as a mere shell, at a vegetative level.The minister of her congregation visited her faithfully in the care facility where shenow resided since a number of years, recounts Rev. Alan Cairns to his audience. Thetime came that the minister could not have a conversation with her anymore at all. Hewould greet her, mention his name, and ask after her well-being, but would not evenreceive a signal that she was aware of his presence. She was essentially cut off fromall human communication and relationship. Effectively, she had already left thisworld behind. “But,” recalls Rev. Cairn, “then the moment came, after he had chattedin monologue for a while, that the minister took out his Bible and started to read fromthe Scriptures. To his amazement he heard a soft, quavering voice speaking the sameScriptures which he was reading. Whereas no communication at all was possibleanymore, whereas she needed full-fledged help from bed to toilet and to mealtimes,when it came to God’s Word she actually came alive and spoke!” All the memorywork she had imbibed all through her life was still there, even with everything elsegone!After her husband passed away after many years of blessed marriage, somethingseemed to break in her. She seemed to take her leave of this world gradually. Much of her life had revolved around the Baptist Church, really her most meaningful family,and she was intensely familiar with all the songs of the church hymnal. Her husbandused to be a member of the town’s men’s choir and she loved to hear him sing aboutthe great deeds, love, and grace of God. It was not long in to her widowhood that shewas diagnosed with dementia. Those around her saw a woman, who was always wellcoiffed, neatly – even elegantly – dressed, become slovenly and unaware of her appearance. Physically she deteriorated to the point that it was noted how little humandignity was left; she soiled herself, ate spasmodically and without even havingmastery of the most rudimentary of table manners. Humanly speaking she was a sadand painful sight to behold, especially for those who had known her so verydifferently. Yet, most amazingly, where she was back at the mental level of a toddler,there was one thing in which she was still highly responsive. When a little choir fromher church came to the home for the elderly to sing songs, her eyes would light up,she would smile, she would hum along. Conversations were non-events, consisting of some mumblings at times, or repeating the odd word. But when one of her familymembers would sing a Scriptural song she would become animated and a smile wouldlight her face!1

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