like a thief in the night,
a dark shadow,
entwining itself within the brain.
do not abandon (name of person)
in her time of need
and great distress,
in this time of transition.
Enfold her and her family
and all those who care for her
under the wings of Shekinah,
Bless them with peace, tranquility, calm
in the midst of the whirlwind
of this terrible illness.
grant strength, patience, and wisdom
to all those who care for her
and for all those who suffer with dementia.
grant strength, wisdom, and perseverance
to the scientists who work tirelessly
to untangle the web of this disease,
to catch this thief that comes in the night
and takes the mind and spirit.
while there is no cure,
grant us hope
and healing —
hope and healing for acceptance
of what cannot be changed,
hope and healing for strength
for what lies ahead,
hope and healing
for wholeness, shalom.