prayer encounters

In the past year, a member of our church was diagnosed with dementia and was placed in a nursing home. Mike still has a fair amount of awareness.  He knows his wife and he still knows me, but otherwise he lives in an alternate reality.  

The dementia has been coming on for a while, but he has suffered from other mental conditions for years.  He has an amazing mind, though.  He can still quote much of the Bible verbatim. 

Over the years I have prayed with him many times.  While he always asks for prayer he never really seems to be praying with me.  He doesn’t even close his eyes for Heaven’s sake! 

Today I went visit him at the nursing home.  I had my Ethiopian pastor friend Dereje with me.  Having just finished our pastors’ prayer group we were on our way to a committee meeting for a non-profit…

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