Sunday, September 11, 2011

Preaching again after having dementia

I can only imagine how Bruce must have felt getting back on a platform again after being so sick for so long and having had dementia.  I know there are still some memories that are elusive for him now, while in most areas his memory is, once again, better than mine.  But the Lord sent him to preach to people who had faithfully held him up in prayer while he was so sick, and they were eager to accept him as he was, and to listen as he shared the word with them.

That week in New Brunswick was a triumph:  A doctor in Toronto had said Bruce would never preach again, and I had every right to pull the plug.  The hospital had diagnosed him as having less than half his cognitive skills. The rehab center had sent him home to have some time with his family before ... His family doctor had suggested I place him in a nursing home. 

Watch this video excerpt from a day when God proved them all wrong.

Yes, his preaching in New Brunswick was a triumph, a testimony to the glory of God.

Again, I want to thank the  readers of this blog for their prayers.  I also want to send a special thanks to the church in Pennfield, New Brunswick, for being faithful to God's leading in inviting Bruce to preach for the first time after being so sick. 


  1. Praise the Lord!!! I am so happy to hear how the Lord answered so many prayers. God bless you!

  2. Thank you for posting the original video, the follow-up (when your husband was sitting outside while the grandkids were with the horses) and now this - it so wonderful to see what prayers can do - when we are in the midst of things at 3 in the morning with my stepdad (barricading the doors and all that), we (my Mom and I)often stop to say, "Hallelujah" and "Thank You, Jesus" as we pull Dad through another knothole. In prayer one night recently, I asked for wisdom, too, to help Mom and Dad and found out about Steve and Mary Newport, coconut oil and then about you and your husband - so have started giving it to Dad . . . but besides that, to know of your victory helps, too.

  3. I so know what you have been going through. And can relate to the "Hallelujah" praises that give the strength to get through, and thanksgiving for the small victories.
    I pray that you will see some drastic changes in your step-dad as you listen to God's leading. Do make sure he is not getting a lot of other oils or sugars. (I switched to maple syrup or honey and use coconut oil for everything)
    And if he is on any beta blockers see if you can get him off of them. Also, make sure he is not getting any nitrites which can do a lot of damage.
    We will be praying with you, and hope to hear of improvements.

  4. Thank you for the suggestions re other oils or sugars, beta blockers and nitrites - Mom and I were comparing notes this morning and recollect when we had hot dogs recently that he did not have such a good night (we rarely have hot dogs but it was just a spur of the moment thing). Thank you for your prayers, too!