Attentiveness

by Mark Weinrich

I am gratified by a skilled server,
who observes a need and fulfills it
almost before it is perceived.
There’s no interruption
to conversation, as the plate
is removed or the cup filled.
We know their motivation,
but their powers of observation
and readiness to act 
is convicting to me.

I am called to be a servant, 
yet my perception of need
is bound by my time,
by my focus on me.
Like the disciples 
after Jesus washed their feet,
they let him walk out to Gethsemane 
and Calvary with dirty feet.

I need the eyes of Jesus,
His hands of readiness,
His Spirit of willingness
to become the kind of person
Jesus called great.

Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist—all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 130 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.

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