Dear God – Today, I pray that You guide and inspire the medical research community to find the cure for Alzheimer’s. As with the polio vaccines which eradicated the disease which inflicted me as a young boy, may we one day finally say, “Goodbye to the Long Goodbye.”
This horrific disease takes so many lives from those we love including Margaret Storm Schorre, fondly known as “Miggie”. She was my sister in Christ and was married to Charles, the extraordinary Texas artist who created the work, Bending Angel.
Miggie was not Charles the artist. Yet, she was the best part of his work. She was not the palate of colors with which he painted his works. She was the inspiration which gave his work purpose.
Prayer was the best part of Miggie’s day. Prayer, like Charles’ love of art, was something every family member should participate in as part of his or her ministry to others.
Despite Miggie’s unbounded faith and service to You, she fell ill with Alzheimer’s. Ultimately, due to Alzheimer’s, Miggie’s memory, mind and body were reduced to a dependent child-like state. As there was less and less of Miggie each day due to Alzheimer’s, her daughters, Martha, Alice Ann, and Robin, made sure there was more and more of You. The darker the days became, the more Your love and light shined on Miggie in their care of her.
God, in faith I believe Your love will surely heal our broken wings, like Miggie’s, as we one day enter the gates of Your heavenly kingdom. Yet, I pray that all Your children on Earth may one day soon live out Your purpose and do their callings in Your name without losing their minds and bodies in the Long Goodbye. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 120-lawyer full service firm in Houston, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.