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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Serving the “Old People”

By: Nikki Loftin

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40

Fifteen years ago, my grandma and I were having a peaceful visit at her home in San Antonio when she gasped at the clock, threw on some lipstick, and announced, “It’s time to feed the old people!”

The “old people” were the recipients of a free luncheon Grandma’s church hosted every week for the needy in their community. When we got there, I looked around. “Grandma? These are the old people?”

Not one of them was as old as her. She just nodded and handed me a pitcher of tea before she bustled into the church kitchen. “Start pouring. I’m serving today.”

She served all morning long, until lunch was over, every dish was cleared, washed, and put away, and the “old people” had wandered off with full bellies and bagged-up leftovers.

Of course, none of this was unusual for Grandma. She never went more than a few minutes without serving someone, and never a heartbeat without serving God. Her life was focused on Christ. So much so, that when I am asked now to picture the face of Christ, Grandma’s dark eyes and white hair are what spring to mind.

At ninety-seven, now she is the one who needs care. Today, as I broke a muffin into small pieces and lifted them to her mouth, I thanked God for allowing me to learn to serve as the hands of Christ from this remarkable woman. And I thanked Him for the opportunity to serve her, the one who wore Christ’s face for me for so many years, now that she really is one of the old people.

Christ shines from the eyes of those who need us, giving us the chance to serve, to live out our faith in daily acts of love and service.

 

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