privileged to serve

Caring for Others by Grec man [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Teach me to kneel in spirit before all whom it is my privilege to serve,
   because they are your children:
 to look for the family likeness, however homely or unspiritual
   the appearance of those to whom I am sent;
   however lowly my sphere of service and their need may be.
I will be grateful for everything you give me to do …
   willing to use very simple things as the instruments of love –
      the towel and basin,
      the cup and plate and loaf,
   willing to do the most menial duties for the sake of love.
Come Lord! Come with me:
   see with my eyes: hear with my ears: think with my mind:
   love with my heart – in all the situations of my life.
Work with my hands: my strength.
Take, cleanse, possess, inhabit,
   my will, my understanding, my love.
Take me where you will, to do what you will, in your way.
For where you are, there would your servant be.

Evelyn Underhill, 1875 – 1941, English author and mystic



Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

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