Monday, 11 May 2009

Mother Theresa on Smiling

A lovely bit last week in my A Guide to Prayer Readings for Reflection from Mother Theresa:
Some people came to Calcutta, and before leaving, they begged me: 'Tell us something that will help us to live our lives better.' And I said: 'Smile at each other; smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other—it doesn't matter who it is—and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.'
She reminds me of something Calgary's Roman Catholic Bishop Henry once said to a gathering of Anglicans: "If you're saved, inform your face!"

More from Mother Theresa:
And then one of them asked me: 'Are you married?' and I said: 'Yes, and I find it difficult sometimes to smile at Jesus.' And it is true, Jesus can be very demanding also, and it is at those times when he is so demanding that to give him a big smile is very beautiful. (from A Gift for God by Mother Theresa)
That reminds me of how lovely it is to see a smile on the face of someone who is worshiping the LORD in song. Smiling at Jesus.