"The greatest among you will be your servant." Matthew 23:11 (NIV)
Andrea Woronick, from Connecticut, made some observations about the many people who care for those who reside in the nursing home where her mom was admitted. She remembers Manny who came each day to help his mother with her lunch. He looked like a tough guy but proved to be the opposite. He gently and carefully fed his mom, one tiny spoonful at a time. Andrea believed that his patience and compassion sustained her more than anything on the lunch plate. She also observed the aides who work for little money yet showed love and concern to patients too weak to care for themselves. Some residents could not even acknowledge their help.
The local news sometimes features heroes who perform great service and deserve to be recognized. However, many other people quietly serve those around them day after day in obscurity. They will never make the evening news. I'm sure that they would hardly consider themselves great; yet in their actions, one can see people serving as Christ taught us to serve. Their faithful and steadfast service truly makes them what Jesus called "the greatest among you."
I worked in a nursing home for many years and can testify to the truth of what Andrea found. Nurses could not function without their aides to help them. Not only the aides but housekeepers too. Often I have seen a housekeeper rescued an elderly resident from falling, or just giving them a glass of water, or listening to their stories. Aides reporting symptoms that might have not been noticed as quickly, but by their frequent contact and familiarity with the resident, they noted small changes. Their love and daily care was all some residents received. I will always be grateful and cherish the memories of those who work and care for our elderly.
Prayer: Open our eyes, Lord, to those who serve with patience and grace. Help us to learn from their example so that we may humbly serve those we meet, in Jesus' name, amen.