October 30, 2011


“The greatest among you will be your servant.”
Matthew 23:11 (NRSV)

On the eve of surgery in Rochester, Minnesota, an urgent phone call advised me a blood test had mistakenly been omitted from tests earlier in the day. Without it, surgery would not proceed. My husband and I hurried to the Mayo Clinic campus, losing our way before we located the unfamiliar after-hours lab.

The clinic buildings stood solemn and silent without volunteer guides, patients, and staff bustling through the halls. We stopped the first person we saw — a well-dressed, distinguished-looking man with a briefcase — and asked for directions.

He smiled and said, “Come with me.” He chatted with us, putting us at ease, while leading us through the long maze to the lab. He waited until I checked in and scribbled directions for exiting afterwards.

“Good luck tomorrow!” he called out as he left.

Who was this guardian angel? An esteemed Mayo physician, on his way home after a taxing day.

Opportunities for ministry so often occur during the interactions of daily life. Graciousness, humility, and willingness matter, not who we are, what we do, or the type of need involved.

Lord, nurture our compassionate hearts, deepen our desire to give generously and to receive gratefully. Amen

Do I notice calls to serve during daily life?
Written by Ronda Armstrong

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located next to the YWCA on Grand Avenue and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at theconnectioncafe@hotmail.com

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