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In Service

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

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

The other day I had the honor and privilege of sitting down and visiting with one of our residents in our long-term care facility during our Activity Director’s retirement party to which the residents were invited.

As he was recalling the story of how his adopted daughter came to be with his family, I couldn’t help but realize I was really on sacred ground. This is his home, and I was part of his social life for this short time. After the conversation I thought about his story, and then I reflected on his home here and the services he receives from our facility.

In actuality, “being in service” means being under the authority of the one(s) we are in service to, whether it be our clients, patients, residents or fellow employees.

The ones among us that heaven will consider great are the ones who place themselves in service. If we humble ourselves by being in service, He will lift us up. This shall be our heavenward goal!

Dear Heavenly Father,

make us Your greatest servants.

In Your Name we pray.


Phyllis Ehler
Human Resources/Mission, Avera St. Benedict Hospital

Ezekiel 43:1-7AB • Psalm 85:9AB and 10, 11-14 • Matthew 23:1-12

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