Matthew 25:40 – Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. (NRSV)
Andy decided to adopt me. I don't know if he was told to look out for the new Canadian living in the Vreed en Hoop Parish manse, but that is what he was doing. What can I say about Andy? He is the presiding elder here in Vreed en Hoop, which means he can preach, dispense the sacraments, do special services, and just about anything else the church calls him to do, including looking after the new Canadian minister. He teaches Sunday School after conducting worship, and then makes certain everything is put back in its proper place. He joins with others in a housewarming service (thanksgiving for a new home), and then finds time to ensure my comfort — and safety. He is the plumber, the electrician, the mover, the cleaner, and more. You get the idea. His greatest joy is in serving Christ his Lord, following a long family tradition of faithfulness.
I hope some Andy adopts you, or, better yet, you become an Andy in someone's life. In a crowded world, people are lonely, afraid, and in need of someone who will take just a moment of time to give of themselves. And in so doing they give to their Lord.
Prayer: Great God, we praise you for opportunities to come alongside others and serve them. We thank you for equipping laity to lead your people in worship and prayer, service and praise. May this be a dream realized for all lay people called to your service, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.