In a recent post, Sisterhood Sticky Notes asked the question, ‘When did you feel loved today?”I have felt loved all week and it has everything to do with one very special friend called Theresa.
I first met Theresa when Jon and I were new to Perth and visiting different churches in the city to try find one that felt like home. When we walked into Freedom Life she was one of the first people to greet us, but not in the formal handshake-at-the-door kind of greeting, but more the Tigger-from-Winnie-the-Pooh-bounding-up-to-say-hello kind of greeting. It was not so much the crazy hair, piercings, loud accessories and colourful wardrobe that left a lasting impression, but more the warmth and friendliness that oozed out of her. You felt loved and accepted and special within seconds of chatting to her. In fact, Theresa herself was probably the main factor that drew and kept us at this church.
There was definitely no forgetting her face, but she also made it easy for me to remember her name. She introduced herself and said that she has five children, so I could go ahead and call her Mother Theresa if I liked! Now, Theresa does not just have five children: she has five boy children. All between the ages of 14 and 7. This in itself would qualify her for the title of “The Other Mother Theresa”. But wait – there’s more…
Theresa shares something in common with the late Mother Theresa: she demonstrates her love through acts of service. It’s been a challenging and emotional week for Jon and me with Lucy going to hospital and getting her cast (spica) put on. Theresa knew this and knew that we would need a lot of love. So, instead of just sending a loving text, she set about loving us in very practical ways:
*She cooked us three nights’ worth of delicious suppers
*She bought us a ready-made meal to heat up on the day we got back from hospital
*She gave us snacks to take with us to the hospital, including delicious homemade brownies
*She came to visit me and Lucy to get us out the house for a coffee to make sure we weren’t just sitting around at home getting lonely
*She prayed for us
*She sent encouraging text messages
*She phoned to check up on us
*She asked what things we will need for our new house that we’re building and in a few days had sourced a double bed, a bedside table, a chest of drawers and an almost-new microwave
*She rounded up a friend to help Jon with painting the new house on the weekend (thanks Tony for giving up your whole Saturday!)
All of the above just in the last week.
This is love in action. This is the type of love that captured the world’s attention when Mother Theresa was nursing the sick and helping the destitute and feeding the hungry. This is the type of love The Other Mother Theresa is demonstrating to her five boys. She doesn’t tell them to love others – she shows them how to do it.
Let us all love like Theresa loves.