Dementia and Sanctification Pure supposition, but I like it. Sanctification is when God cleans you up step by step after you have accepted His or Her invitation to be a child of God. If you are not that interested in this concept, skip the more formal definitions below; Sanctifying: to make holy, set apart as sacred, to purify or free from sin. Sanctity is an ancient concept widespread among religions…progressively becoming like Jesus…sanctification is used as a post-reformation theological term to refer to the ongoing process of Christian growth…the original Greek word is often translated into English as “wash” or “cleanse” …. A position ( set apart for God by redemption) and or experience… being made holy by the work of the Holy Spirit. Christianity.stackexchange.com So, dementia- everybody and I mean everybody- says is different for everyone, but here’s what I think about mine. First, it was a little ironic that I spent my whole professional life flaunting my cognitive abilities – analysis, multitasking, huge hours, millions of quick decisions under pressure, defending myself against the world pridefully with my cognitive analyses, only to have the disease God has allowed, take away my pride in my thinking ability. That is not a tragedy, although it will cause much consternation in the transition from the OLD Dallas to the NEW. From a spiritual perspective, it’s one less sin to carry. Yeah! As a lawyer and teacher, my art was speaking, illustrating, advocacy, fast thinking and manipulation/lying. The second major dementia symptom has been to lose my ability to speak. Bottom line, there are no more arguments to win. Neither is that a tragedy. Gentleness seeps in. Competition, me first, outsmart you, defensively and offensively, is no longer possible. Speaking without thinking whether it pleases God is, is so much easier at a slower pace. A gift, not a tragedy. OK, ok, one more. I’m an Eagles fan. Bleeding green. I no longer can watch TV with the sound on. My TV addiction and sports addiction (loving them more than); relying on them for peace, not God is the next sin removed. Dementia is liberating. Who would have thunk it?