A dream for my friends (and one particular friend)

I saw Jesus softly folding the most beautiful clothes.
Some were silk and velvet, all different sizes and shapes
some had great long sleeves and lace,
but some were jeans.

I could see shapes like capes
and shapes like bikinis,
I’m sure there were wedding dresses,
Halloween costumes, little league uniforms
favorite pajamas.

Jesus was putting them away so carefully –
each one — in a drawer with sachets and rose petals.

I never think of Jesus and laundry,
but it didn’t seem blasphemous –

so I asked what he was doing
and he said these were the memories
of all God’s children with dementia
and he was folding them up
to make sure not a one would be torn or lost.

He said — the very first thing those children do
when they come home
is find their drawer.
Oh, what a fun time that is!

Sometimes they dress up
in every memory at the same time —
they are so happy to find them again.
They dance around – swirling and swishing,
recognizing everyone
and burying their faces in
the fresh-washed scent of their old joys.

Then like some wonderful crazy Paris runway
they walk out to the throne
modeling the wardrobe of the heart.

And the angels hold mirrors.

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13 Responses to A dream for my friends (and one particular friend)

  1. Jane Fisler Hoffman says:

    So often you just pull gently my heart yarn… thank you….

  2. Marie Lucca says:

    This is so beautiful. I love it! Your creativity never ceases to amaze and inspire me. Your words are a gift to so many.

  3. Maren says:

    Thank you, Todd.

  4. Titia Bozuwa says:

    Original, beautiful, healing.

  5. Andrea Stoeckel says:

    I was a pastor for 30 years in primarily “older churches” (aka- most of my parishioners were older”) I also worked in a Nursing Home, so this was a priority issue. My own disability was misdiagnosed as Early Onset ALZ, so it’s even closer than I’d like to be. Thank you Maren, for holding G-d’s mirror for us when it gets too hard to hold it ourselves.

    • Maren says:

      You are very welcome. My parents’ (who both died of Alzheimer’s disease) doctor has told me that I will probably not escape this illness if i live another 10 to 15 years so it feels very close to me as well.

  6. Pat Parnell says:

    Maren, this is totally beautiful! A wonderful voice for all of us with our various kinds of memory problems! Pat Parnell

  7. Maren says:

    Thank you so very much, Pat.

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