Second in the Affirmation Series
This blog series offers Affirmations for you and your loved one who is nearing the end of life. Your goal is for your loved one to say the affirmation with you. You may help them to feel better about life, because they will verbally express a positive thought that is true and comforting.
Thinking about God
There are two commandments in the Christian faith that are very special. The first is: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Mat 22.37). The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Mat 22:39)
Ask your loved one to repeat after you, “I love God.” Then say, Let’s repeat the first affirmation, “I love my family and friends.”
If your loved one has a hard time saying these things, it can open a way to talk about their feelings. Perhaps they will say, “I do love God but I feel like he has forgotten me.” There are other comforting Bible verses to share, like,
‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ - Jesus (John 14:27)
Or try saying, “The Bible talks about God’s people feeling they are forgotten. To them and to you, God says through Isaiah, his prophet, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (Isa 49:15)
Or, try sharing your favorite Bible verse, and explain why you like it. Ask if they have one, or if they would like to repeat yours.
Just putting those good thoughts in their hearing may help them feel better.