I have spent many seasons of my life feeling dead and unfruitful but my seasons have changed now. This year lots of things have withered and left my life which has been like the seed pod falling off, sleeping, reseeding and blooming in such wonderous ways it is hard to describe. I feel a fountain welling up inside of me, ready to flow out and bless others.
I reached out to set up having a tea party for a dear friend of mine. I thought if the cafe would agree to the party they would fill the place with other ladies who enjoy tea parties. It turns out that they thought I would provide the ladies and they would provide the food and tea. But they did not have teapots or teacups.
Originally I was going to shop around and find teapots that I would let them use, since I have no teapots myself. I did not think it possible for me to afford to provide 32 teacups so decided to just worry about teapots and we would use their coffee cups. I received a call from one of the ladies coming who invited another lady whose mother wanted to come and loan teapots! What a blessing because I had failed in finding any teapots, getting so busy trying to fill all the seats!! Then the kind lady I was trying to bless with setting this up offered up teapots and I knew this was going to be a joint effort the culminated in lots of ladies being blessed.
I called “Kinkie” and set up to meet her. We sat at her kitchen table and she told me the stories of her teapots. One was a wedding present and others came from great friends and family throughout the years. I did not get to see her special teapot. The one she bought for her foster mother with the first paycheck she earned. She retrieved it back when her foster mom passed away. She kindly said she would not have sent it for this tea party, it was too special to chance it breaking. But one of her daughters told her she would like to have a teapot. She wrapped it up with tears and sent it to her. Her husband told her she didn’t have to give it away, especially since she was crying. Her daughter opened it when she received it and called crying. She told her mom, I said I wanted ‘a teapot’ not ‘the teapot’. They cried together so happy that the teapot had a new home, loved and held close to the heart of the next generation.
Kinkie and I talked about ladies, finishing school and love this afternoon. Then Kinkie asked me if there were teacups for the tea party. I said not this one. The cafe does not have any and if this party goes well we may invest in tea cups for other teas. She then showed me her teacups and asked me to please take them and use them. I said Kinkie, they are beautiful and we can not replace them if something happens to them. I can’t take your sets. I can make sure the teapots get back to you but fine china cups, I am too clumsy let alone a room full of people. She then said to me words that filled me deeply and made me want to pour out for others.
She said most of these have been given by a friend. When they come over we sit over tea while I encourage them in whatever they are going thru. We can NOT have a tea party without tea cups! Tea in coffee cups just won’t do!! If a cup or two get broken I will not be bothered at all. I insist you take them and allow them to make your party a success! I will get so much joy from seeing them being used and making people happy. She told me, my daughter said no Mom, they are too precious I don’t want you to loan them out. Kinkie told her daughter, they are a cup and a saucer- if one less there is no matter. The only thing I don’t want to live without is my children. We wrapped cups and saucers together as she told me stories about her life. The outpouring of love I received this afternoon has bloomed something deep within me. I will be returning her cups, saucers and teapots as soon as the tea is over. I will be blessed to put each one up in its spot for her to share with another stranger or friend.
I pray I am able to pour love, friendship and kindness out to each and every person tomorrow as well as Kinkie poured them into me today. May God reign over our tea tomorrow and smile.