Our daughter, Maria, is a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City. This congregation often holds church gatherings at the homes of various members. A recent get together was held at the farm of the parish nurse. Because Maria is plagued with migraine headaches, most often triggered by smoke, scents, and weather changes, she has to be so careful of the kinds of places she allows herself to go, in case just a bit of smoke or another scent triggers her migraines. She misses out on a lot because of them. Well, the parish nurse, Becky, who hosted the most recent event, remembered Maria. She asked Maria if she was coming to the event. Becky said, “If you come, I’ll make sure we don’t have a bonfire.”

Matthew 25:40. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers (sisters), that you do unto me.”

What lesson we can learn from Becky? When was the last time you inconvenienced yourself for another’s comforts, health, needs, or sake? We live in a society who often rests on the cop out phrase, “I shouldn’t have to….” My question to all of us is, “why should we not have to…?” Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers (sisters), that you do unto me. 

Let’s turn it around. When was a time you remember that someone was inconvenienced or went out of their way for your comfort, health, needs, or sake? How humbled did you feel for that grace they extended to you, just because they knew it would matter? Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers (sisters), that you do unto me. 

You may remember from last year that our staff chooses a word each year that is our “word.” We think about it, we put it in our offices or classrooms, we look for it, and it often changes our year into something amazing. Last year my word was “hope.” I had a profoundly wonderful year! This year, my word is “grace.” So, I started out this year thinking about grace, looking for grace, and I found it in a parish nurse named Becky, who cared for our daughter. I saw Jesus in her. Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers (sisters), that you do unto me.”