The older I get, the more I appreciate all things my parents must have done behind the scenes to care for me in ways I never saw. Children are unaware of all that goes into their parents’ love. They don’t see the hours logged at the difficult job, the struggles to keep the family car in working order, or the side conversations they have with other parents, encouraging each other to hang in there when times are difficult.
This unseen care, of course, extends well beyond the parent/child relationship. The truth is, we’re being served all the time in ways we do not or cannot see.
This past Sunday at Christ Presbyterian Church we saw a video which drove this home for me. In the clip, the Roach family talks about finding a place for their autistic son Nathan to serve in the church. Every Sunday, Nathan sets out the water bottles on the tables in the foyer—hundreds of them. Jesus said, “Whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). Every week, each one of my children takes a bottle from that table—placed there by Nathan. Each week they are served by Nathan. And each week, Jesus sees it.
Nathan also helps fill the communion cups we lift to our lips every week to remember the body and blood of Christ, given for us. In this way, Nathan serves me—not just by filling my communion cup, but by equipping me to commune with my risen Savior and the people for which he died. Each week, Nathan serves me in this way. And each week, Jesus sees it.
Thank you, Nathan.
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Russ Ramsey is a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church and the author of Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (IVP, 2017), Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative, and Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is a graduate of Taylor University and Covenant Theological Seminary. Follow Russ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.