Many months ago I had the privilege of meeting an elderly nun. She was just one of those people I had an instant connection with. She had taught at my high school, knew someone from my childhood, and had a heart for missions like mine. When she asked for my address to stay in touch, I never thought twice about sharing it.
Soon the letters started coming. This photo above is a card made from dried banana leaves in Africa! These past 9 days I’ve been off and trying to catch up with those I’ve not been able to spend time with recently, so Sister Karen was a priority! I just had to see her.
Yesterday I walked alongside Sister Karen as she took me for a tour of the grounds where she lives. We stopped at the Stations of the Cross, and she cried looking at Jesus being flogged. “He did this for us Rita – Isn’t that amazing that He loves us this much?” She cried and cried. Neither of us had a kleenex, so our tears ended with us laughing at ourselves. She shared with me that God is enough. Sometimes, it feels like He’s not – but scripture tells us differently. When we feel like He is not enough – that is a lie! He IS enough.
Sister Karen also shared that as she is getting older and sicker, she now cannot do much. It takes her a few days to write her letters to me because of a tremor. She can only read a short time because her eyesight is so bad. But she goes for walks, and notices everything from birds singing to sparkly water, and even stopped to admire some small wild flowers growing up among the weeds next to the marsh. I watched her stop and see God in all of the details around her. She said she has gone from working hard to now being able only to plant flowers, paint pictures, or visit with her friends. But she once more reminded me that God is enough, and that it doesn’t ever matter what we do, but only that we do it all for the glory of God, and that we always love others.
I’m looking forward to my next letter, but even more than that – our next visit.
It’s been an incredible week off 😉 Treat yourself, and find a pen pal!