Peggy has a beautiful singing voice.
When we were growing up, we would sing together while clearing the table and washing the dishes in the evening.
Those are happy memories of growing up at 1805 St. Charles Court.
This morning, I asked Peggy if she still liked to sing?
She said, yes.
I asked her if she would sing a song for me and she hesitated. I told her that I would sing with her and she said OK.
What do you want to sing, Peggy?
Silence filled my ears.
Do you have a song in your heart to sing to me today?
Please, sing it for me.
There was a long silence and I kept still. I wanted to jump in and help her but I just listened with my heart and prayed that she would think of a song on her own.
All of a sudden, she burst into song.
The song in her heart this morning was Amazing Grace.
She sang it beautifully and as I listened to her sing those powerful words, tears ran down my face.
" Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I'm found. Was blind but now, I see. Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fear relieved. How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed".
Once, she knew all the verses and all the words.
This morning, she was forgetting the words to the song of her heart as she sang. I could feel her struggle to remember words and would start the song over and over again.
I sang it with her when the words wouldn't come and we finished the first and second verse together.
I asked her if she would like to sing the last verse together and she said no.
I asked her why and the response was...
I don't know any more words.
Would you like for me to sing the words of the last verse to you Peggy?
And so, I sang the last verse of Amazing grace to her this morning. Tears choked my throat as I sang these words to my sister.
"When we've been there ten thousand years...Bright shining as the sun. We've no less day's to sing God's praise than when we first begun".
I couldn't say a word when I finished the verse and then I heard Peggy say.
It was not a thank you to a sister but a thank you to a stranger.
A thank you to a stranger who sang the song of her heart this morning.
Peggy still amazes me with the grace that she possesses as she continues to disappear from Alzheimer's disease.
I pray for half of that grace as I continue......
To watch her disappear.
I Love You Today, Peggy!