Whom did you serve?

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This piece was the reflection in our church’s Sunday bulletin. They are the words of Janusz Korczak, a Polish Jew in Warsaw during the Holocaust – a physician who ran an orphanage. When the children were sent to Treblinka, rather than abandoning them, he accompanied them to their death.

Why do you do what you do? What’s important to you and to whom do you give your effort in this world?

You lived – how many fields did you plow,

How many loaves of bread did you bake,

How much seed did you sow,

How many trees did you plant,

How many bricks did you lay,

How many buttons did you sow,

How many patches, how many seams did you make,

To whom did you give your warmth,

Who would have stumbled but for your support,

Who did you show the way without demanding gratitude or prize,

What was your offering,

Whom did you serve?

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