Joni works in a retirement home. She specializes in leading fun activities and art projects for the residents: many of whom are late stage Alzheimer’s patients. She loves their joy and enthusiasm for her program.
There was one special patient of hers that began to decline rapidly. The doctors believed that she was nearing the end of her life. This woman was special to Joni. She had a glow about her that drew people in. She had a strong faith in God, despite her circumstances. Her name was Myra and she was eighty-nine years old.
As time went by, Myra could no longer communicate. Joni tried to get her to drink and eat, but it was no use. They eventually had to feed her through a tube in her vein. Everyone on staff was sad to see that they were losing not only a patient, but a friend.
One day, Joni was sitting by her bedside and she tried to get Myra to talk. “Nice day isn’t it?” she tried. No response. “Tell me about your grandkids.” No response. Finally, Joni whispered almost to herself, “Tell me about God.”
It was then that Myra began to speak. She said in a clear voice, “2 Corinthians 12:9, And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Joni almost fell out of her chair! “Myra, tell me about Heaven!”
Myra spoke again, “Philippians 3:20. Our Citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.”
Joni continued to ask her questions. “Myra, tell me about grace! Myra, tell me about faith. Myra, tell me about joy!”
Myra continued to recite Bible verses in a clear loud voice. People came in from other rooms and the halls to listen.
Over the next few weeks, staff and residents would frequently stop in and ask Myra questions about God and the Bible. Non-Christians were perplexed at this miracle in their midst. They began to ask Myra questions, too.
Finally, it became clear that Myra was slipping away. She died peacefully during the middle of a shift change at the facility. Those getting off shift and those just starting work, piled into her room to say goodbye. There was a shift in the atmosphere that day. Everyone (atheists and believers) felt the change. Christians said it was angels to take Myra home to be with God.
Her daughter was called and rested her head on her mother’s shoulder. She wept and prayed over her. After a time, Joni asked her, “How did your mother manage to memorize so many verses? There was no question that she couldn’t answer.”
The daughter looked confused for a minute and replied, “I was wondering about that. My mother loved God that was right. She was a true believer, but she did not become a Christian until very recently. I have been praying for her my whole adult life that she would come to know the Lord. My Mom knew very little about the Bible. I had only begun to teach her, when she developed Alzheimer’s.”
Several people came to give their lives to Christ that day in that care home. Even in her frail state of body and mind, God was able to use Myra to bring others to faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit in her spoke through her with all wisdom and truth. God does perform miracles through His people, even today. That will never change!
“Happy are your men and happy are these
Your servants, who stand continually
Before you and hear your wisdom!”
2 Chronicles 9:7
by A. Olsen