The UPPC Story Project: Florence Theoe
How Florence is Surviving COVID-19
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.
Florence, you are a gift to so many!!
Delightful story! Following the Spiritâs prompt to serve others with love & creativity. â£ï¸
Such a wonderful act of kindness and so typical of the Holy Spirit working through you
What a wonderful idea helping your neighbors and God using your creativity. There is something about helping/serving which takes away our sadness.
Florence, How loving of you to be the hands and feet if Jesus in your neighborhood!
Florence - you are proof that the little things in life are worth it, shining where you are planted.
Thank you, Florence, for sharing your quarantine story...and thank you for sharing yourself with us. Very inspirational.ð·
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.
I appreciated reading your heartwarming storyâ£ï¸ It was a great reminder to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit when we get a nudge for action!!
Florence, you are a blessing to many!
Thank you, Florence. Your connecting with people (really connecting) is energy giving and inspiring. The Holy Spirit is at work in you. Bless you.
What an amazing and simple way to bless others with your gifts! And you are blessed in return!