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Listen while you read: "There Is A Green Hill Far Away"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 25:21 – His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master." (NRSV)
- It's 6 a.m. on a dark and moody morning, and the fog is deep in the Bay. I'm getting ready for the run that begins each new day — summer or winter, rain or shine. I have a routine to get ready — stretches, bends, push-ups, and all the stuff that says my body is ready to move — and move safely at my age! Down the road a bit is Jim, the school bus driver. While I am getting this body of mine ready for the journey ahead, Jim is doing the same — with his bus. From back to front, from top to bottom, Jim goes over that bus every weekday morning. Every safety feature is checked and re-checked. Every light is tested to ensure that it's in working order, every signal pulled in order to guarantee safety. Now, he's down on his knees looking at the tires. He did all this yesterday, and I know that he'll do it again tomorrow. No matter how repetitive it all seems, he'll continue to do it till the end of the school term. He has the safety of our children as his first priority, and he never cuts corners in this daily inspection. He is joined by dozens of drivers around the Bay and hundreds of drivers across the province who go through this same routine day after day after day. And their safety record is impressive.
These drivers have been entrusted with great treasure — our children — and they invest a lot of time and energy in doing the best that they can with what they have been given.
Maybe you could offer a friendly wave as the bus goes by or bake a few extra cookies or find some other concrete way to express thanks.
The foregoing was published as a letter to the editor expressing my gratitude to Jim and all the other bus drivers. Today, in this age of COVID-19, I could write a very similar letter about our health care staff and janitors in hospitals and schools, employees in long-term care and nursing homes, as well as essential workers in food processing, delivery, and sale. More than ever before, people have responded to the pandemic by doing their everyday tasks with extraordinary courage and devotion.
What could we do today to express our gratitude to all those who meet us on the front lines of this pandemic? "Well done, good and faithful servants!"
Prayer: God, we have so many folk to give thanks for this morning that we may never get out the door. Help us to think of ways to let them know how grateful we are for all that they do. Amen.
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Great reminder Kenn, thanks and God bless!
Encouraging words, Kenn. Thanks for sharing.
Amen! Thanks, Ken, for this timely devotional reminder. Blessings.
Thanks for the excellent reminder, Ken. What a splendid way to look at others today.
Well done is right! Thanks for reminder. Trust you stayed safe through the predicted big storm.
Ken, thanks for the reminder and challenge to find practical ways to acknowledge the care and efforts of others, especially during this pandemic! Great message!
I read your contribution to the Daily Devotional page today and it touched my heart. I have printed it off to be able to share it during worship today.
And Well Done Kenn in reminding us how much these people do for all of us, and under very trying times. Thank you. Often, we just take things for granted. God Bless you. May you have a good day.
Your suggestions to remember what all caregivers go through to keep us safe is uplifting to the issue of showing gratitude to workers we see every day, and a call not to take them for granted. Showing gratitude is such an energy builder as we bake bread, make cookies, pies, or cakes to remind them of our appreciation.
I have made a container of cookies and took them to fire dept. and police station here. and when I am out for a walk, and ambulance or the ladies who do the patient homecare, I see their vehicles I will tap my heart and give thumbs up. They usually will wave back and smile.
In person I will tell them a lot of people are praying for them.
God bless and thank you for this devotional.
Thank you for sharing.
Again, well done. Kenn.
Very true. Hope your neighbor sees this. Thank you.
One thing we can do is, emulate these caring people in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
Thanks, Kenn. We should give thanks always for things well done, not only to the people you mention but also to all the people who write the daily devotions for us. Thank you again. Blessings.