Journals and Letters week 4: arrival on U.S. soil
The first paragraph in the section “At New York” actually brought tears to my eyes. Mother Theodore noted that “the Americans [on board] were expected.”… “Not one heart was anxious about us, not one was throbbing for us. Behold houses, but not our dear Providence home. Behold people, but not our Sisters.”
Talk about sadness! This reality was coupled with being in a foreign land and not speaking the language. What friends they had made during the long sea voyage, they would probably never see again.
An act of kindness
And then, as often happens in our darkest hours, the smallest of kindnesses can lift the spirits. For Mother Theodore and her sisters it was the visit from the friendly customs officers and the presence and gifts of Dr. Doane. His simple gifts of fruits delighted them and they had the pleasure of sharing them with their journey-companions.
Mother Theodore also saw God’s Providence at work when they had to stay on the ship overnight and the captain arrived the next morning with “a pretty little green rowboat” to get them to shore, while other passengers had to spend another night on the ship.
And how about the scene of descending the rope ladder from the huge sailing vessel to the rowboat, with rain falling in torrents and both vessels rocked by waves? I know my heart would have been in my mouth!! And Mother Theodore’s words would carry a mighty challenge to my faltering spirit!
Other Providence moments: the hospitality of Mrs. Parmentier and the attentiveness of good Mr. Byerly.
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How can Mother Theodore’s feelings and reactions help you on your day-to-day journey?
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