“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