It’s the little lessons at the end of every “Call of the Midwife” episode that gets me through the week. The show focuses on a group of nurses who live in a convent & minister to the poor of the East End of London. Every episode’s experiences teaches Jenny, the new nurse, a lessons about how to love on the poor more effectively. I learn right along with her.
Lesson 1: “There is a greater gift than the trust of others. That is to trust in oneself. Some might call it confidence, others name it faith. But if it makes us brave, the label doesn’t matter… for it’s the thing that frees us, to embrace life itself. ”
Lesson 2: “Sometimes only when bonds are tested do we understand their strength. There are ties that endure for a lifetime no matter how frayed by fate. We can walk away and pretend that we forget them. Pain passes in the end. Or we can step into the future… blessed and stronger than before because, when faced with change, our love held fast and did not break. Our lives were not severed but woven anew… and our joy not halved but doubled. I knew, one day, I would encounter something like this.”
Lesson 3: “The world is full of love that goes unspoken. It doesn’t mean that it is felt less deeply or that separation leaves a cleaner wound. Its beauty… and its pain are in its silence. Some of us are not blessed with revelations or confessions.Love cannot be spoken, only shown. And everything that makes the heart beat must be hushed.”
Lesson 4 “Home is not simply a mark upon a map any more than a river’s just water. It is the place at the centre of the compass from which every arrow radiates and where the heart is fixed. It is a force that forever draws us back or lures us on. For where the home is, there lies hope. And a future waits. And everything is possible.”
“Through the telescope of memory, I see now the convent was our pole star, a guiding light for those who worked there and the people that we served. Nonnatus House was threatened, but its spirit was not shaken. And that spirit would continue to shelter and inspire. I have never forgotten it, any more than I forget the days it gave me. The days when the world was new and bright.The days when I was delirious with joy. When I ached with love.”