Who will separate us from the love of Christ,
and the love of one another?
Will memory loss,
or confusion, or delirium, or swearing,
or wandering, or shaking, or tears?
No, in all these things we are human
and truly God loves us.
For we are convinced
that neither incontinence
nor forgetting how to get home,
nor sudden anger,
nor skills no longer present,
treasured stories no longer told,
concern with appearance or smell
no longer of importance,
nor fear of things to come,
nor impairment of sight,
nor failure in mobility,
nor needing help even to eat,
nor anything else in all vulnerability,
is able to separate us
in any true and real sense,
from the love of God in Christ Jesus
and, through that sustaining grace,
the love of those who hold us dear.
– Maren Tirabassi