Thoughts on Matthew 25

The ministry of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth continues to impact the lives of people in Fort Worth and Tarrant County. As we are reaching out to train people in businesses, organizations, and institutions as part of the Age-Friendly / Dementia-Friendly certification program, and as we work on fundraising and organizational needs, it can be easy to lose sight of our mission.

Recently I read again in Matthew 25 the words of Jesus about the sheep and the goats — the dividing of people at the judgment based on how they cared for others.

Jesus said, “Then the king will say to those on his right, “Come, you will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began.

I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.

Then those who are righteous will reply to him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry ad feed you, or thirsty ad give you a drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?”

Then the king will reply to them, “I assure that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.”

As I read that, I thought about how it relates to our dementia ministry and I heard it another way.

“I was hungry and had forgotten how to eat and you fed me.
I was thirsty and I couldn’t tell you when I needed a drink and you gave me a drink without my asking.
I was lost and lonely, losing a sense of myself and those I love, a stranger in a world I could no longer understand and you treated me like a good friend.
I was naked, not remembering how nor having the skill to dress myself and you dressed me and helped me to look nice.
I was sick with a disease I did not choose and did not understand and you did not shy away from me.
I was in prison, locked in a prison inside myself, unable to communicate and you visited and reassured me.”

And the king will reply to them “I assure that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.”

This is what the ministry of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth is all about. If you’d like to help or want additional information, please give me a call (817-332-6266) or email (lindaabel@charter.net) and I’d love to tell you more!

Linda Abel, RN
President of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth

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