This week I received a very sad letter from one of my altar servers. He tells me that he must give up serving at Our Lord’s Table because his wife has dementia and he feels that he must sit with her because she loses her place in the service and gets frustrated and then embarrassed. He explains that now he must sit with her because he is indebted to her for sharing 61 years of marriage. He also believes that Our Lord, to whom he speaks frequently, is aware of his situation and will accept his decision.
A server for over 70 years, a faithful soul who never turns up late, helps other new servers in training, and administers the chalice with love and devotion. A server who never makes a fuss, and who clearly is devoted to Our Lord.
I don’t mind telling you that I wept when I read his letter because I know how much serving means to him. But what love and devotion this man shows. We can all learn from him.