The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Bear one another's burdens

... and fulfill the law of Christ

I’m taking care of my mother, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. And I feel abandoned by my church. There have been weeks at a time when we haven’t been able to attend worship services. No one from my congregation contacted my family to find out why we haven’t been to church. Yes, most members know about Mom’s disease, but a card or phone call would have meant the world to me.

When I’m able to attend worship, longing to be spiritually fed, I leave feeling empty. I ask myself why I still attend services.

We need to do more to lift up those suffering from memory impairment and for the people who care for them. ELCA congregations are graying. We will have many more members in the future who will suffer from Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments.

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