Meditation – How Am I Serving Others?

Servants.  One of the most beautiful ways to stay in touch with our humanity is to serve someone in need.  While serving meals to the poor, I was struck by how certain homeless people would get meals for others before serving themselves. This came at a sacrifice because this often meant standing in line twice.  First for the other person, then for themselves.  Sometimes those standing in line recognized when someone was serving others first and would let these generous ones move to the head of the queue once they’d served their friend. Compassion is contagious.

We’re all in need.  Whether we’re rich or poor, young or old, in good health or sick, regardless of or circumstance, we’re all in need in some way or another.  Even if that need is simply to answer the call to serve others.  We’re all called to serve.  Some simply haven’t heard this still small voice within and answered the call.  One dear soul named Hattie, served others from her nursing home bed where she’d been confined for years.  Hattie changed lives by sharing her ability to listen, love and be fully present to those who visited and cared for her.  Hattie died several years ago.  She remains beloved by many. I love the stories of those who’ve shared how Hattie changed their lives for the better through her prayers, loving-kindness and wisdom.

Often we need not look any further than our homes, our workplace, or to those most close at hand to answer the call to serve.  Daily this call must be renewed and answered.  We don’t have to have money, special skills, or fancy gifts.  We simply need willing hearts ready to respond as we’re awakened to the need in our midst.  Answer the call of compassion.  Enjoy the journey.

anthony glenn miller


Only one who’s compassionate  
can show true bravery,  
and in defending, show great strength.  
Compassion is the means by which humankind may be guarded and saved,  
for heaven arms with compassion,  
those whom it would not see destroyed. 

Chapter 67 – Tao Te Ching


The Lord has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8