June in Heaven - Alzheimer's and Christianity
- Published on Thursday, 30 April 2015 17:23
- Written by Stanton O. Berg
(June and Stan’s hands - November 2007)
I make daily postings on various Alzheimer’s related group sites world wide as well as on his and June’s Memorial Facebook pages…Most of such postings are non Religious in nature or non Christian focused. A few postings however, while they are religious, are intended to be ecumenical in the contents discussion. A few of the postings (10 %) or pages as found on June's website are Christian oriented... “June K. Berg – A Journey Through Alzheimer’s”.
Such pages, postings and discussions are not intended to be demeaning of other religions but are focused on providing Peace, Care and Comfort to both victims of the terrible disease Alzheimer’s as well as for their care givers and loved ones.
June, who died a victim of Alzheimer’s, was the inspiration for Stan’s conversion from an open agnostic to a believing Christian…it was this Christianity that carried Stan through the darkest days of June’s 12 year journey through the shadows of Alzheimer’s…and the later grieving process that has followed June’s Alzheimer’s death on 23 October 2008….it has provided Stan the strength needed to weather this darkest storm in June and Stan’s 56 years of marriage…It is Stan’s hope and belief, that the faith based Christian comfort and help he received could and would also be of similar help to others embarked on the same dark journey…a faith that June’s journey through the Alzheimer’s darkness has ended with June now living in heavenly splendor…no more tears, no more sorrow and no more pain…and that when Stan finishes his time on earth, he will also join June in Heaven.
So what is June and Stan’s Christianity all about?…The Christian Bible of course tells it all…both the old and new Bible testaments consist of 66 books and has over 800,000 words in the King James word for word translation of the Bible. It is Stan’s opinion, that four quotations from three of the books of the Bible (all in the new Testament) are the basics needed to provide the understanding necessary to live a Christian life and to find comfort and peace in times of trial, sadness, sickness, and disease…and to find and provide the pathway leading to a final home in Heaven. The entire Bible can always remain a lifetime source of study, comfort and inspiration.
A Christian's Ticket to Heaven
Christians know and understand that we are all sinners and cannot possibly live up to the righteous sinless person that God desires us to be if we are to live with him in Heaven…No one can earn their way to Heaven…one gets to Heaven by faith and faith alone. God has provided the gateway to becoming that righteous and sinless person that he demands of all of us…God has provided his grace and forgiveness by sacrificing his son Jesus on the cross as payment for our sins…As believers enter Heavens gates, they are transformed into the righteous person that God demands of them...This promise of grace and forgiveness is found in the Book of John 3:16 (KJV)…This verse has been called the “Super Summary” of the Bible and the Bible’s “Bottom Line”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Another verse from the book of John tells us in the words of Jesus, where we will stay in God’s Heaven…John 14:2-3 (KJV)
“ In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
God's Expectations of a Christian
The book of Corinthians tells us what kind of a life God wants us to live…it is a life of Love…this type of love could only be described as a life of unconditional love for all mankind…a life that no one could possibly measure up to, but a wonderful type of life for all to strive to achieve...our shortcomings however, will be forgiven as stated clearly in John 3:16 above…
1 Corinthians 13: 1-8 tells us:
“1. If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will fail, where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
When Alzheimer's Comes to Stay
Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease in which the brain is dying and the memory is slowly lost…first to go is short term memory and last to go is the long term memory…victims of this disease in the late stages do not even recognize themselves in a mirror…the brain at the time of death is only 2/3rd's the normal size…the brain being the body’s control center, slowly shuts down all body functions…when the Alzheimer’s victim forgets all about God, as they eventually will, does God still remember them?…I feel that we are assured by the Bible that God will and does remember them…
No matter how the personality, the mind, the mentality and the intellect of the Alzheimer’s victim is changed by the disease, the “Soul/Spirit” of the victim/believer remains until the body dies. At this earthly death, the “Soul/Spirit leaves the body and is ushered into a heavenly realm to meet God…in a way not understood by man’s’ intellect, is a molding and intertwining of the “Soul” and the “Holy Spirit”….God will be true to his promise as reflected in the Bible and as found in the book of Romans 8: 38-39 (KJV).
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So, yes, at times in my postings I may utilize Christian Bible references in an effort to bring care, comfort and peace to the many people who may be an Alzheimer’s victim or a caregiver or a loved one…on occasion I may offer to pray for such victims, caregivers or loved ones…again, there is no intention to demean other religions, only to provide care and comfort by way of my Christian religion and to provide the comfort that I found under very similar past circumstances…and to honor June’s memory and to reflect God’s Love.
(Jesus welcoming a new saint into Heaven)
A basic truth that we must always remember and that is God did not cause our illness, our disease, our Alzheimer's nor our hardships as some form of tempering or conditioning of our bodies…illness is the realm of Satan and at least four (4) passages in the new testament alone, make this abundantly clear…God has said: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”…(John 10:10 KJV) God works to bring some form of goodness out of Satan’s evil…
Visit June’s Website and learn all about Alzheimer’s:..(www.junebergalzheimers.com)
Diana Perera - Colombo, Sri Lanka - (1 May 2015):"Thanks Stanton for such inspiration."
Patricia Speck - Cardiff, United Kingdom - (1 May 2015): "Thank you for the wonderful message of hope for all who believe Stanton. God's promise is that His Word will never return to Him void...so there will be people reading this that will gain comfort and others who will want to learn more...Believe in our Saviour and gain eternal life. Stay Blessed my friend."
Louise Ann Howard - Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia - (1 November 2015):"Lovely to read as always Stanton O. Berg my lifestyle is my faith and only sickness stops me from attending our little church in the home on Sunday morning. I do not know how I would cope without my faith Stanton my special mate. Louise."
Anne Donnelly - Belfast, Ireland - (1 November 2015): "Good morning Stanton the sun is out in Belfast. I've been reading June's page with interests. I haven't seen anything you would need to change so far."
Louann Tomassi-Heydt - Big Piney, Wyoming - (1 November 2015): "Beautifully written and I couldn't agree more! Through my 12 years of caregiving my Mom it was only my faith in God's Word that got me through and knowing I will see my Mom and Dad again. God was so faithful through all of her journey in so many miraculous ways..."
Marsha McKneely Ault - Nacogdoches, Texas - (2 November 2015):"Enjoyed your post of Alzheimer's and the joy we will have in heaven with our Savior, Lord, and King! Hope you have a good day."
After an almost 12 year journey into the shadows of Alzheimer's, early one morning in late October 2008, an exhausted June felt God's gentle touch on her shoulder and heard the words: "Come Home June!" As June lay like a wounded soldier on a battlefield, it was God's Angels that ushered June into a Heavenly Kingdom to the sound of a chorus of Angels...and into June's new home, a "Mansion on the Hilltop", where there is no pain, nor illness nor tears...June's funeral notice as published in the Minneapolis Star in October 2008 can be seen on this website in the drop down menu under the "In Memoriam" label - just Click on: