OUT OF THE CHERRY PIT, WALKING WITH GOD
"Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him. The women living there said, 'Naomi has a son.' And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David." Ruth 4:16-17
"Then Hannah prayed and said: 'My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.
There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry hunger no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away.'" 1 Samuel 2:1,2, 4, 5.
"And Mary said: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me--holy is his name.'" Luke 1:46-49
"And now you stretched forth your hand from above and drew up my soul out of that profound darkness because my mother, your faithful one, wept to you on my behalf more than mothers are accustomed to weep for the bodily deaths of their children. For by the light of the faith and spirit which she received from you, she saw that I was dead (spiritually). And you heard her, Lord, you heard her and despised not her tears when, pouring down, they watered the earth under her eyes in every place where she prayed. Truly you heard her."
Confessions, Saint Augustine [3.12.19], p.38 Barnes and Noble Classics
"Little did I know at the time what was going on in the heart of my dear little mother, seventy or eighty miles away. She rose from the dinner table that afternoon with an intense yearning for the conversion of her boy, and feeling that--absent from home, and having more leisure than she could otherwise secure--a special opportunity was afforded to her of pleading with God on my behalf. She went to her room and turned the key in the door, resolved not to leave that spot until her prayers were answered. Hour after hour that dear mother pleaded for me, until at length she could pray no longer, but was constrained to praise God for that which His Spirit taught her had already been accomplished--the conversion of her only son."
The Man Who Believed God: The Story of Hudson Taylor. Page 36, 37, Marshall Broomhall, Moody Press
"'However, on September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa experienced a second calling that would forever transform her life. She was riding a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills for a retreat when Christ spoke to her and told her to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city's poorest and sickest people. "I want Indian Nuns, Missionaries of Charity, who would be my fire of love amongst the poor, the sick, the dying and the little children," she heard Christ say to her on the train that day. "You are I know the most incapable person -- weak and sinful but just because you are that -- I want to use You for My glory. Wilt thou refuse?'" (True Story) Bio.com
Two years later she is in India, finding a place to begin her Missionaries of Charity. From this place of multiplied human suffering, Mother Teresa changes the course of her life to become a caring, loving, spiritual mother to the unwanted, unloved, and unlovely. Mother Teresa puts the world on notice that God is in the outcasts, the poorest of the poor. She becomes a megaphone for God to the world that has forgotten His mission. Mother Teresa becomes a spiritual mother to those who have no mother. She becomes Jesus' feet and His hands to all she meets. To the person with leprosy, she sees Jesus in him. To the woman in filth, she sees Jesus. She helps the rest of us see Jesus more clearly. Her boldness is amazing.
In 1981, I read an article about her work in a secular publication. The article quotes her. As I read her statements, I know that she knows my Jesus. She could not do what she does or says without His life in her. I am not Catholic, but Mother Teresa helped me see Jesus, His compassion and His strength. Her words seem as if Jesus has spoken them. Like Mother Teresa, even if you have no children, you may become a mother (or father) to those who need you.