Recently, I visited the Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle. I had a gig to do two services on Sunday and a two-hour afternoon workshop. Most people don’t realize how grueling that is. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to be on stage for that long, so I really appreciate any kindness that’s offered me as a speaker even if it’s just someone to help me put on the microphone.
However, the service given me at CSL Seattle was over-the-top, extraordinary. From the moment I entered the front door at 8:00am till I left at 4:00pm, a staff member stayed by my side with the task to serve whatever personal need I might have. The sound engineer carefully placed the microphone on my jacket. The house manager familiarized me with the stage area and made sure I knew where to stand. I was taken to see the classroom where my workshop would be held to review setup of chairs and tables. The Sunday presider joyfully introduced herself and asked questions to help with the introduction.
The CSL Seattle staff took care of every possible need imaginable. They included me in opening prayers before the service. I was given water, served lunch, and offered assistance in the bookstore at a book-signing table.
The level of service was phenomenal and refreshing!
Several weeks ago at CSL Kansas City when the Sunday service ended, the clouds opened up and rain started coming down from the sky in heavy sheets. Standing at the front door, I witnessed the level of service our own community offers to each other. Umbrellas were grabbed and the ushers walked people to their cars. Loving hands were extended so no one would slip or fall.
I see our community being of service every week. I witness the special care in which the hospitality is prepared and displayed for our spiritual family to enjoy. I see our members extend themselves to new guests with a welcoming heart. I watch the high skills and standards displayed on screen by our videographer, media crew, and sound engineers. It brings me tremendous joy to see our children at the end of the service led by such heartfelt teachers and volunteers. I can proudly say that our Core Value of service is definitely active at the Center.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Service to each other is a spiritual practice that recognizes the oneness of every person. By serving each other in love, we serve God.