I’ve always been drawn to quiet, gentle people–the ones content to serve others without recognition.
But there’s more to the story.
Once a month, a small group of ladies from Galilee Christian invite women who are new to their church to a tea party. In May, I received an invitation.
The minute I arrived, I felt loved. They welcomed me. Served me. Treated me like I belonged.
Their kindness inspired me. My sister and I are having a little tea party for Mother on her 80th birthday in July.
And the ladies invited my mother and me to their June tea party–
So yesterday we headed up Janice’s walkway.
“You’re gonna love it,” I said.
“I already do. Look at her gorgeous hydrangeas. Reminds me of childhood summers.”
“How sweet. Two chairs under the tree,” she said.
“One would’ve looked sorta lonely, wouldn’t it?”
Everyone welcomed us. The tables had been set with TLC.
Our table below…
When we sat down, our plates had been prepared, along with handmade place cards.
Mother couldn’t decide what to taste first.
The centerpiece came from flowers in Janice’s yard.
So much laughter…
They made a gluten-free plate just for me…
And my very own gluten-free chocolate chip scone!
The food was amazing, but the best part came after we ate.
We read Scripture verses inside our place cards.
Then Betty Williams (90) told us how she began having tea parties twenty years ago. She wanted ladies to feel loved and accepted.
When she joined Galilee Christian Church eight years ago, she began a Tea Party Ministry.
Mrs. Betty’s below, on the left. Janice is on the right.
Right before we left, one of my new friends gave me a precious gift–tiny spoons, knives, napkins, and a teacup from her own collection–
To help me with Mother’s birthday tea party.
I came home with a car full of goodies and life-changing Truth.
Nothing–absolutely nothing–outshines kindness when it comes from the heart. Click to tweet
Mother Teresa was right. “Do small things with great love.” Click to tweet
…serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13 NIV Click to tweet
Do you see other Truths from the tea party?
Does this give you any ideas for new ways to love others?