Well done, good and faithful servant

To you, commuter on the 6.15am bus
who study on spinning wheels for an hour before a long day of work:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, mother of small children
who have wiped more noses and bottoms and floors than you could count:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, wrinkled prayer warrior
who sits in the recliner in the musty retirement home and talks to God:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, faithful writer of letters
to people far and wide who seldom reply:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, pastor with the broad shoulders
who carries the cares of stubborn sheep:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, teacher of difficult children
who are learning only because you care:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, janitor of high school bathrooms
who provides for your family with this second job:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, cubicle worker on the 56th floor
who does the mundane with quiet joy:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, carer of the old or sick or frail
who wonders how much longer you could possibly go on:
Well done, good and faithful servant.

To you, with the sleeves rolled up
working hard
where God has placed you
at this point in time and space:
Take courage, you work for Him.

He places importance in how you work.
Be encouraged that your work makes a positive difference
and that even if no-one else notices, He does.

Well done, good and faithful servant.