A Valentine's Day post: A Servant’s Love

The following post is one I wrote for the Ashraya Blog today and can also be viewed here. :) It has been a beautiful day here in Northern India.  We woke up to fluffy white snowflakes falling gracefully from the sky that together coated the ground  in the most heavenly of ways.


I slowly hiked the slushy roads to the bazaar, passing no one except the ‘coolies’ transporting groceries and other goods up and down the mountain to the people who ordered them- by foot. I am always impressed by their work. Single men sometimes carrying refrigerators or washing machines strapped to their backs.

As I anxiously watched these dedicated men with calculated steps trudge through the slippery snow, I was reminded of a quote by Mother Teresa:

“Love has a hem to her garment that reaches the very dust. It sweeps the streets and lanes, and because it can, it must.”

These men take on this laborious work many times because they have no other choice. Uneducated and without knowing how to read or write, they set out each day to support their families by carrying heavy loads that leave them hunchbacked and exhausted. Now that’s love.

The love of a devout servant is the most powerful love of all. It’s unrequited and  sacrificial. It doesn’t flash like the commercialized love of Valentine’s Day. It is quiet and unnoticed, but glorified by the One who loves us the most.

We at Ashraya Mission challenge you all (and ourselves!) to fill this Valentine’s Day with quiet acts of love like described by Mother Teresa. Love not because we can, but because we must.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Easter!

DSC_2388 DSC_2390 DSC_2391 "Love has a hem to her garment that reaches the very dust. It sweeps the streets and lanes, and because it can, it must." - Mother Teresa

One day, back in Sep/Oct we were hanging out with our friends by the river (in Karnataka). This day served as our "going away party" after working at Ashraya Mission for the past several weeks.  We ate a delicious meal of Chicken 65 cooked to perfection on a makeshift stove by our friend Shunkar. After lunch we basked on the river bank, nursing our full bellies. We took a dip in the river with some buffalo then dried off by the heat of the Indian sun. While we were sun-bathing this friendly woman crossed the river near us. My friend Mithun picked up my camera and snapped these beautiful photos of her. Just look at her bright smile!

-Happy Easters!