ALLOW me to appreciate a great woman who taught me a good lesson on this year’s Mother’s Day.
A quick look into the occasion or event called Mother’s Day shows that it is a time to honour mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers for their contribution to family and society (according to Wikipedia).
The day is celebrated with gifts, cards, flowers, a special meal out, jewellery, or chocolates and candy, according to the same source.
On the occasion of this year’s Mother’s Day, I am told, through one of the dailies (NewsDay), that Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa, wife of Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, chose to treat elderly mothers to hampers comprising blankets and groceries.
According to the source, about 350 women were surprised with food hampers and blankets valued at $27 500.
Editor, I looked at the pictures, the size of the hampers and the number of hampers, all done for the elderly by one woman! If the word amazing is enough to describe such a gesture, so be it. I am surprised, but at the same time humbled.
It is one thing to appreciate your own mother on the day, but is another to surprise another mother with goodies.
It is another level beyond common love to plan for more than 300 women whom you are not related to biologically.
I am trying to imagine a country with just 50 philanthropists like Prophetess Makandiwa. What kind of a society would we have with such visionaries, loving ministers of the gospel and people who feel for others?
My prayer, Editor, is for us to emulate, duplicate and adopt such charitable acts and believe you me, this Zimbabwe will be transformed into a different, love-filled nation where we will not allow our neighbours to sleep on empty stomachs or endure the winter with no blankets, to mention just a few.
We may preach and teach many things, but this demonstration is more than a sermon to me. It is a message embedded into my spirit and my prayer is that one day, I will be able to follow in the footsteps of the prophetess.
I pray that, if published, she will read my message, “Prophetess, you are my inspiration, may God allow me to do what you are doing to the needy.”
I appreciate the good work, prophetess.