Mother Teresa died at the age of 87 after many years of sacrifice and service to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. Although we know much of her life’s work and her simple, outspoken messages, her beginning is just as fitting for her unique life.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” —Revelation 21:3-4
She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to devout Catholic parents in Macedonia. Her father died when she was only nine. As early as 12, Agnes felt called to religious life.
Although her mother was initially against the idea of her beloved daughter leaving home to become a nun, she eventually understood the call and gave Agnes this piece of prophetic advice, “Put your hand in His hand and walk all alone with Him.”
This charge would mark Mother Teresa’s life for the rest of her days.
Her work eventually established the Order of Missionaries of Charity and work in over 130 countries worldwide including a network of over 600 homeless shelters, orphanages, AIDS hospices, leprosy clinics, and homes for single mothers.
A Gallup Poll survey reflecting on the 20th Century named her first on the list of “The Most Widely Admired People of the Century.” This tiny woman with a huge vision from God was never wealthy or powerful by the world’s standards, but no one can deny she used her life to change the world.
Let Mother Teresa’s life inspire you to greatness and let her mother’s words become your advice of how to live: “Put your hand in His hand and walk all alone with Him.”
LOVING CREATOR, today may I put my hand in Yours and walk with You, even if I walk alone.