Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. Deuteronomy 32:7

My mom worked in a Retirement Home when I was growing up. I have many memories of bringing my classical piano books to play songs for anyone who desired to listen. Walking through those hallways with my mother, I learned the valuable lesson to honor my elders and to take time to listen to their stories—they hold much wisdom.

Several of my mom’s patients had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and I didn’t understand the complications of their life, but I remember looking into their eyes and seeing confusion.

Maybe you have experienced this terrible disease inflict someone close to you and you are learning how to navigate life with a person who has made you a stranger. You may be heartbroken—but so are they, but unable to process why.

Alzheimer’s robs an individual of their memories and as a result, they may react in fear and frustration to a family member or close friend who walks into their room. My heart grieves at that type of reaction.

The Power of Memories

  • How can you navigate life if you cannot remember your past.
  • How can you have peace in your future, if you cannot remember where you have been?

I’m sure those with this degenerative disease would love to have all of their memories—even the bad ones, because without the positive and negative together, it is difficult to understand a persons blessings, victories, healing, and successes.

If you have the power to remember, then stop trying so hard to forget.

Everything that you have been through has brought you to this place. There may be parts of your story you would like to forget, but those dark moments have brought you to where you are right now. Your former sins have brought you to grace. Your past, whatever it may be, has revealed that God has better plans for your future.

Do not despise your history, your past, your failures, or your memories. Instead, be grateful that you can use those for the glory of God.

I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11

Allow your past to shape a better future for you and your family. Take some time today to share what God has done for you, because your memories and your testimony holds power


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.


  1. Arlene Hills

    Many times we are encouraged to forget certain things about our past. Our past trials, tribulations, sins, etc. all give glory to God. They shape us and are an integral part of who we are as God’s children. They are a testimony to his love, grace and mercy.