On Sunday evenings Marilyn and I watch ‘Call the Midwife.’ Marilyn loves the programme because it involves things medical and babies. I love it because it is set in the late fifties and the opening sequence shows a road that leads directly to London docks with a ship in view at the end of the road. The programme features a convent where the nuns are midwives. There are also other midwives who aren’t nuns, and regular local characters such as the policeman who married one of the midwives.
In the episode we were watching this evening a distressed lady in labour turned up at the convent one stormy evening. She banged on the door, which was eventually answered by a nun with dementia who is no longer able to participate in matters medical. The only midwife around was in bed having had one glass of wine too many after falling out with her boyfriend (a vicar). The nun with dementia managed to get her thoughts together and was able somehow to help the lady in labour to the local doctor’s surgery where a baby girl was safely delivered. Returning to the convent the nun stopped on the stairs to look at a picture of Jesus. She blew a kiss to the picture and thanked Jesus for the safe delivery of the baby, and her success despite her scrambled mind. What stuck me at that instant was the display of pure love for Jesus from the nun.
I know that it is only a television programme but I find that God has a habit of using life to provide timely little nudges and reminders. The thought that an actress playing a nun with dementia can teach me something might seem a little strange, but God does seem to place His reminders in the strangest of places. We just need to be alert to them. That is how an actress playing a nun with dementia blowing a kiss to a picture of Jesus reminded me of how much I need to be in love with Jesus. And how simple and easy it should be.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. ’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important:‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments. (Matthew 22:37-39 NLT)