The UPPC Story Project: Florence Theoe

How Florence is Surviving COVID-19

When we were directed to self-quarantine, I was not concerned. It would soon be over and I could go to church, see my family, even go shopping. HA! Two weeks later having missed church, a family birthday, AND a wedding, I fell apart. It was an unusual feeling for me, but as a social person who loves to meet and greet, I was so sad. Then Holy Spirit who lives in me through Jesus Christ helped me realize that if I was sad then people in my community must be sad, too. Now, what could I do to help?

I put on my mask and using social distancing, I rang doorbells and talked to people standing on their porch and they behind the screen door. Everyone was so glad to have the opportunity to communicate that in a way it was almost sad. I knew I was on a mission to cheer people up. I came home with the idea of putting little notes of encouragement on porches every Monday morning. The first one was a packet of tea stuffed in a baggie with a little poem:

A Cup of Tea
A cup of tea,
A cozy chair,
By the fireplace there.
Take time to calm.
Take time to find
A gentle peace of mind.
The day reviewed,
Better will it be,
With a cup of tea.

Then each Monday until Phase 1 was over, I would write out a scripture, a saying or write a poem with a little trinket I would find at a store, usually the toy department. Some of the surprises were flower seeds, a cartoon from the newspaper, a small bit of play-dough, and a party size favor of bubbles. Although the porch surprises have stopped, the visits haven’t. Sometimes at the mailbox, sometimes on the porch, sometimes walking down the street, I just make opportunities to be with people where they are. Well, what happened to me was I forgot about being sad! Praise God! And the mission continues.

12 Comments


Nancy Keay - October 15th, 2020 at 11:27pm

Florence, you are a gift to so many!!

Deanna Cleaveland - October 16th, 2020 at 12:16am

Delightful story! Following the Spirit’s prompt to serve others with love & creativity. ❣️

Joan Hays - October 16th, 2020 at 8:34am

Such a wonderful act of kindness and so typical of the Holy Spirit working through you

JoAnn Del Vecchio - October 16th, 2020 at 9:17am

What a wonderful idea helping your neighbors and God using your creativity. There is something about helping/serving which takes away our sadness.

Diane Schultz - October 16th, 2020 at 10:15am

Florence, How loving of you to be the hands and feet if Jesus in your neighborhood!

Kathy Hamilton - October 18th, 2020 at 12:36pm

Florence - you are proof that the little things in life are worth it, shining where you are planted.

Sandy Jorgensen - October 16th, 2020 at 11:19am

Thank you, Florence, for sharing your quarantine story...and thank you for sharing yourself with us. Very inspirational.🌷

Emily Bosh - October 16th, 2020 at 11:30am

The Holy Spirit is even using your story as a gift, Florence: reading this gave me joy and inspiration and a reminder of God's hope today. Thank you for sharing.

Dorinda Adams - October 17th, 2020 at 10:13am

Florence

I appreciated reading your heartwarming story❣️ It was a great reminder to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit when we get a nudge for action!!

Karen Grove - October 17th, 2020 at 7:43pm

Florence, you are a blessing to many!

Nancy Martin - October 18th, 2020 at 12:35pm

Thank you, Florence. Your connecting with people (really connecting) is energy giving and inspiring. The Holy Spirit is at work in you. Bless you.

Patti - October 18th, 2020 at 2:41pm

What an amazing and simple way to bless others with your gifts! And you are blessed in return!

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