Spiritual Practice

Serving Others

Maggie Haynes, 17

My dad and I were standing in the checkout line at Walmart when a woman pushed her cart up behind us. It was filled with travel shampoo, sticks of deodorant, hairbrushes, socks, and underwear. My dad asked if she were donating the items to a shelter. She kindly told us no, that she was giving them to men who had just been released from jail.

As these men arrive at the bus stop in our city, she greets them with shopping bags filled with what they need to get started. When they are released, all of their belongings are given to them in clear bags, which labels them as convicts. Her reusable shopping bags allow them some dignity; the supplies she provides help them to begin the transition from prison to the free world.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (NIV)

The woman we met serves strangers. Every week, she helps twenty-give men, many of whom are homeless and in need of support. Her compassion amazes me. I hope she knows that she inspired me to serve others too. Her story showed me that the face of God can pop up in the most unexpected places, even in a shopping line.



THINK ABOUT IT: How have you served someone this week? Your actions may have unexpectedly inspired others to serve.

—from devozine (November/December 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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