Faith & Inspiration

By Charles Towne 

Thank you Papa God for giving Nanny to me, not for just one day, but for a lifetime.  I thank you for my darling, my wife, my Nancy with the smiling face.

O God, my merciful and Holy friend, Nanny is an absolute wonder, one of your miracles of grace and joy.

Due to the Alzheimer’s disease, she might be a bit childlike at times, but then there are so many of those around us that are acting so darned “mature” they have forgotten what it is to be as little children… and who wants to be around grumpy old poops like that?

The world is full of gnarly old gas bombs that seem determined to spread misery like a plague, so it’s nice to be around someone like Nancy. My dear wife likes to smile and giggle as she watches little children at play, or at the antics of a butterfly, or for the sheer joy of laughing, and she praises God’s handiwork no matter how simple… and whether I deserve it or not, I know for a certainty that she loves me.

While illness has perhaps made her more innocent, it has made her more gracious at the same time.

Nancy smiles and praises God when other folks – supposedly with everything going for them – are frowning and complaining. It’s too bad that kind of happiness isn’t contagious.  If it was, my Nanny would be the “Typhoid Mary” of happiness!

She finds a reason to laugh when others are griping, crabbing, and moaning.

She forgets so many things, but so far, she remembers my name.

It might be dark, but there is always a light in my sweetheart’s eyes that illuminates my world like the stars of night. And when she whispers “I love you!” I am thrilled and my heart overflows with joy.

Nancy demands little, expects little, asks for little, is content with little, but gives so much.

My Nanny has both Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s Disease, and I am probably going to be in God’s kingdom because of her.

Yes, she teaches me. She teaches me patience, mercy, tenderness, compassion, and though I am a slow learner, praise Papa God, I am learning.

This then is my wife, my Nanny, and I love her so very much.

Again I say thank you, Father, for gifting me with my darling, my sweetheart, my precious lady, my wife.


Thank you Papa God for putting me where I am. Thank you for leading me, for guiding me; for all that you are doing in my life to create in me what you want me to be. Help all of us caregivers to be what you want us to be. Help us to smile in the darkness, to hear your voice in a chaotic and raucous world, to feel your presence, and to bathe in your love. In Jesus’ holy, sweet and wonderful name, Amen

Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.


  1. Well well well, Dear Little Bro … I just thanks GOD all days me the chance to meet my inspiration Guy, the Exceptional Husband, the Beautiful Preacher … We got Miracles all days and thank all the time GOD for that

    • Hey Chuck, Don’t forget about the rest of us! True, you got her because Papa God knew you needed more guidance than most but Nancy is an incredible blessing to anyone and everyone who has ever met or spoken to her! Plus, that lady can SING! You are already greatly blessed my friend!

      • Richard, SHE IS ABSOLUTELY A JOY!!! Any time there is a group singing Nanny is right there with them. I m pleased that my lady can still laugh, especially at me! It is frustrating at times but I know she still loves me, I guess that could be called a miracle in itself couldn’t it? Chaz

  2. Yes, God Bless Nancy and her natural gift of sweet joy! It is so amazing that a debilitating disease such as Alzheimer’s is able to cut through the darkness, life’s complications, and the daily grind to show us how simple joy may be. It’s kind of an Ah Ha moment, right?

  3. NH, isn’t it the truth? Every moment seems to be an ah ha moment. Keep looking up because even though life at times seems to almost overwhelm us Papa God is always there to see s through. Bless you both, Chaz

  4. Ohhhhh, yes!!
    Nancy is such a sweetheart, a joy and a blessing to others!
    At least she is happy in the middle of her illness. That, in itself, is a gift from God. It’s always wonderful to see even the small things that God sends our way, in the midst of what we see as trouble. Keep enjoying her and appreciating time that God is giving the two of you.
    God bless you both!

  5. CSG, your kind and understanding comment is well taken and appreciated. Yes, you are so right, Nancy is for the most part a happy lady and this is what she will always possess through our relationship with the Father, the angels, and everybody for eternity, praise Papa God. He has promised that He would heal all of our infirmities, what a joy that will be. Bless you always, Chaz

  6. What a beautiful tribute to your lovely sweet wife. And though she may not know it, you are doing it while she is still alive. Enjoy each day that you have with her. Papa God will reward you for taking such good care of her. Blessings, Flo

  7. Flo Tapley, the care I render is from a generous and loving God because He promises that all good things come from Him Praise Him for what is and what is going to be. We are so blessed! Bless you and keep you always Flo, Chaz

    • Dear Charles , it is a delight to read about your dedication and love for Nancy. The love you describe even in the mist of trails is so much needed in our current world. Love is a special gift that includes patient endurance. May the previous spirit of God keep Nancy flowing with honey sweetness that comforts you, and you reflecting that love wherever God leads you. Jimmie and Mignon

  8. Charles Sandy And Jerry read your article today, We wish we had the opportunity to meet Nancy she sounds like the type of person we all want to be. God has truly blessed you by putting Nancy in your life. After all you have done and the people you have touched, God is still teaching us all.

    Personally I, Jerry would like to thank you for all your prayers on the prayer line with Sandy and the other wonderful warriors.
    Although I have a lot of pain, I also thank our God for the many many blessings he has given me and continues to give me.
    As the song says the ship is batter but my anchor holds. If not for God I would have given up along time ago. And then he puts Sandy in my life, like He did for you withNancy to make us better people.

    Jerry and Sandy Giorella

  9. I’m so thankful for a loving spouse….truly one of the greatest gifts I’ve received! So thankful for you….God bless you both!!!

  10. Jerry and Sandy Glorella, praise God for all good things! Our wives have blessed us so very much. We rough duded would not be much without the sweet ladies, don’t you agree Jerry? We will eventually meet. Bless you all, Charles


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