Service please!! Often heard on the many cooking shows when a head chef is happy with a dish and calls for someone to serve his latest creation to his expectant customers.
But the word service and servant crop up in many other situations.
From civil servant to your local vicar or minister. The word minister as a verb means to take care of someone and by inference, so does the noun. It has its roots in the Latin word for servant. Even the minister’s mark of office, the “Dog collar” has its origins in the shackle that was placed around a slave’s neck. It brings new meaning to the word “Prime Minister”…
There are of course, the many servicemen and servicewomen who serve their country bravely, to keep us safe with the promise possibly paying the ultimate sacrifice… In America, any formal conversation with such a person, is often completed with a, “thank you for your service”. This is especially poignant when you consider their work can include life threatening situations.
Then again, I take my car to be serviced periodically. To check things are ok, put things right, and make sure it will pass a government test for suitability and safety before it can be used on the road.
Anybody read any books by Ian Fleming?
“Morning 007, something’s come up…”. Ah hah, the secret service. I could tell you more but I’d have to kill you.
From a personal point of view, this is the most important service of all… and no, I’m not talking about James Bond or any of the Ian Fleming books. I’m talking of the acts of care and kindness performed in secret without the knowledge or praise of those who receive it. A secret service to another. Many will propose, laud and associate themselves with all the care and help that is being given to so many at the moment, but the real service is being done behind closed doors. Hospitals, food banks, vaccine laboratories, Samaritans, care homes, and even a concerned visit from a neighbour… the list goes on and on.
Perhaps we could all be in secret service for someone today, and in the months to come?
God bless you in this new year of 2021.