Beloved Servant

“Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”

Matthew 20:27

A recent walk past my wall of family photos brought Aunt Lucille to mind…

After raising her own children and becoming a widow for the second time, Aunt Lucille busied herself by caring for home-bound elderly people. She had a way with others and her “ladies” as she called them were no exception. One particular woman had been troublesome from the start. This was our opinion, NOT Aunt Lucille’s. The woman’s memory no longer served her which exacerbated her already trying personality. She was unkind and demanding at best. Still, Aunt Lucille made a point of discovering this woman’s favorite things and her pet peeves in an attempt to accentuate the positive and to avoid the negative as best she could. During the year Aunt Lucille cared for her, this woman became one of her most tiring and most beloved patients. When this woman passed away, Aunt Lucille attended her funeral.

The woman’s family was well-known and many notable people attended the service. When Aunt Lucille arrived early to insure herself a seat, she sat in the last row to avoid imposing upon anyone. Just before the funeral service began, the woman’s son noticed Aunt Lucille in the back of the church. He immediately walked back to her and escorted her to the family’s pew. “My mother loved you, Lucille. You’ve been a blessing to her and to us. Your place is here!” Needless to say, my aunt was overwhelmed by this recognition. That son’s kindness gave her a glimpse of God’s appreciation as well!

Loving God, help us all to put ourselves aside and to care for those we’ve been given to love with Aunt Lucille’s humility and generosity.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

From Last To First

“Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”

Matthew 20:27

My Aunt Lucille cared for home-bound elderly people. She had a way with God’s children and her “ladies” as she called them were no exception. One particular woman had been troublesome from the start. Her memory no longer served her well which exacerbated her already trying personality. She was unkind and demanding, at best. So it was that Aunt Lucille made a point of discovering this woman’s favorite things and her pet peeves in an attempt to accentuate the positive and to avoid the negative as best she could. During the year Aunt Lucille cared for her, this woman became one of her most tiring and most beloved clients. When this woman passed away, Aunt Lucille attended her funeral.

The woman’s family was well-known and many notable people attended her service. When Aunt Lucille arrived early to insure herself a seat, she sat in the last row to avoid imposing upon anyone. Just before the service began, the woman’s son noticed Aunt Lucille in the back of the church. He immediately walked back to her and escorted her to the family’s pew. “My mother loved you, Lucille. You’ve been a blessing to her and to us. Your place is here!” Needless to say, my aunt was overwhelmed by this recognition. Through that son’s kindness, she received a glimpse of God’s appreciation as well.

Loving God, help me to put myself aside and to care for those I have been given to love with Aunt Lucille’s humility and generosity.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

June 5

“Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”

From Matthew 20:17-28

My Aunt Lucille cared for elderly sick people though she was not far from being elderly herself. She had a way with most of God’s children and her “ladies” as she would call them were no exception. One particular woman had been troublesome from the start. Her memory was no longer serving her well, which exacerbated her already trying personality. She was unkind and demanding, at best. So it was that Aunt Lucille made a point of finding out this woman’s favorite things and her pet peeves in an attempt to accentuate the positive and to avoid the negative as best she could. During the year Aunt Lucille cared for her, this woman became one of her most tiring and most beloved clients. When this woman passed away, Aunt Lucille attended her funeral.

This woman’s family was quite renowned, and many wealthy and notable people were expected at her services. Aunt Lucille arrived early to insure herself a seat. She sat in the last row so as not to impose on anyone. Just before the service began, the woman’s son noticed Aunt Lucille in the back of the church. He walked back to her and escorted her by the arm to the family’s pew. “My mother loved you, Lucille. You’ve been a blessing to her this year. Your place is with us!”

Loving God, my dear Aunt Lucille took your invitation to love one another to heart. She cared for this woman and all of her ladies as you would have, with no regard for herself. Help me to put myself aside and to care for those I have been given to love with Aunt Lucille’s humility and generosity.

©2013 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved