Why Faith Always Remains
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
Faith, Hope, and Love… these are the promises that the Lord gives us. When everything around us is falling apart, when we have nothing left in this physical world to have hope in, we will always have our faith! That is how good God is… He never leaves us, and when we are weak, He steps in and gives us strength, He gives us hope, and He fills us with His love. With Him, we don't need to be fearful; with Him, we have all we will ever need.
This verse is one of my favorite verses. It continues to come into my life just when I need it most. I first heard it in Sunday school when I was in 6th grade, and for some reason, this one just resonated with me out of all the verses. Then again, in college, I didn't even know it until after I was in my sorority, but it is part of our creed!! And most recently, when I found out that my grandma was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.
I have always had a very strong relationship with my Grandma Peach. She is the type of person that knows how to make everyone feel so special. She has always been so intentional with everyone in her life and truly takes time to form a unique relationship with everyone. She's a memory maker and brings so much life and adventure to those in her life!
When we found out about her diagnosis, it hit me hard, and all I could think was, how much time do I have before she doesn't remember who I am? and all of our memories together? I know it is not about me, but the thought of this scares me. I can only imagine the fear she must be faced with each day! Yet, despite her condition, she continues to remain so full of love and faith. She reminds me that even as her memories begin to fade away, the one thing she will always have is her faith! And there it is again — my favorite verse, "these three remain: faith, hope and love." It is because of faith that we are able to persevere and hold hope, even in the face of a terrible illness.
Alzheimer's strips you of the memories and the people you hold closest to your heart, and watching my Grandma Peach go through this has made me very passionate about helping others who suffer from this disease. Alzheimer's touches millions of lives, not only those who are diagnosed but also their loved ones and caregivers. It claims more lives than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Proceeds from the My Saint My Hero Faith Over Everything Bracelet will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association. This organization not only focuses on research but provides care and support.
Wear this bracelet as a reminder that no matter what comes your way, your FAITH will always remain! Hold onto hope, keep the faith, and LOVE through it all!
—Lindsey Bohl (in loving dedication to my Grandma Peach)