The love and generosity of saving a young girl’s life is priceless!
Mother Jane saved me when I was 10 years old. I was on the fringes of society until she adopted me as her daughter. Through her, my life changed and I met Christ for the first time. I became a country girl where I learned hard work and what it meant to give generously, even if it hurt to give.
Mother Jane gave in many ways, but the greatest gift was her love of Jesus Christ and his ways. She prayed often and she sung spiritual songs. She clothed many people in the United States. She loved dressing me. I can remember the first time I wore a hat, gloves, and pearls. I was 12 years old and it was a cold winter’s day. Mother Jane took me shopping on Saturday (the day before I was to wear these items). The dress was chocolate brown with a beautiful chocolate brown pill-box hat. I fussed a little because my friends didn’t have to be as “prim and proper” as I did. But when I arrived at church that Sunday, the compliments were overwhelming and great, so much so, I remember them to this day.
Mother Jane loved hats, pearls, gloves, and hankies! Her pearl earrings and hankie, along with her eye glasses are part of my inheritance from her. They are material things. They might not hold much value by the world’s standard, but they are priceless to me.
Today, I am a strong giver because of the lessons I learned from her. Perhaps the greatest lesson learned is that a human life can be transformed a little each day, like the little black butterfly.