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From Old Age To Spirit New

Updated on July 31, 2013

A Tribute To A Friend Named Jimmy

This is a tribute to a dear friend of mine who has passed away. He was a soldier in the army, a family man, a business man, a preacher, and an outspoken man in his social circles. I first knew him as a preacher, and then I befriended him when I visited him in his later years. My compassion for his medical needs were taken as a mode of companionship which he was so desperate for. The marked changes in his mind, influenced by illness, affected his behaviors so that he only knew that he wanted not to be alone. I never got a real chance to bid him farewell before he passed away. But with prayer at his funeral, I was able to forgive him for his shortcomings. I know he didn't understand the changes in himself and why his aging mind frame had made him reject the kindness shown to him in the end.

He died alone in his own apartment and no one ever knew how he was feeling before they found him lying on the floor in the bathroom covered with emesis too horrible to show me. I can only know why I miss him.

From Old age to Spirit new

Many years went by.

A visit presented me with this old man.

As numerous as his pictures hung on the wall,

God only had the knowing

how many hairs were on

Jimmy's head.

I could see the

Spirit made him feel young.

But his mind became a battle field.

Always ready to receive wisdom,

but subject to senility.

It was as if his mind

had no arms or legs to get away

or physically fight back,

when anxiety came his way.

In those earlier days,

Jimmy's heart and mind

were set on Jesus.

Before his hair turned gray

and his body broke down,

this man would preach

that the temple for

Jesus' Spirit lay within us.

But now his body is dust.

His life has faded into the past.

I can only pray that this man's

Spirit will be renewed.

And this memory

of his human image

will fade when

Jesus returns.

copyright @2010 CMCastro


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    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 6 years ago

      ......well you have certainly a writer's gift in your ability to express these feelings so very sincerely and in such a profoundly poetic manner ..... Only words like these can come from an angel like you ......

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      Judicastro 7 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Very sad and poignant hub. Alzheimers is truly a devastating disease and is so sad to watch.

      Thanks cm for sharing.

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      seraphim11 7 years ago

      WOw! Beautiful hub my friend.. Very touching indeed. May God rest his soul..

    • fucsia profile image

      fucsia 7 years ago

      Good words for your friend. Thanks for sharing

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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      Thank you for sharing this with us, this is a great hub. People with Alzheimers are the most difficult to be caretakers or friends and helpers too. It takes a special kind of person to do this. God Bless all the people who this kind of work. ~aloha~