Manataka American Indian Council

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Words of Wisdom



Servanthood, Sacrifice, and Sacred Love

By Chaplain Scott A. Fleming, MDiv, BCCC, CPC



“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13


A man was driving his car, when he saw an elderly woman, stranded on the side of the road. He saw that she needed help. So he stopped his Pontiac near her Mercedes and got out. 

He smiled, while he was approaching her, still she was worried, as nobody had stopped for hours. Moreover, he did not look safe, as his appearance was so poor and shabby. He could see, how frightened she was, so he tried to calm her, “I‘m here to help you, don‘t worry. My name is Bryan Anderson”. 

The tire was flat, so he had to crawl under the car. While changing the tire, he got dirty and his hands and wrists became injured. Blood began to pour profusely. He took a handkerchief and towel to bandage his wounds.

When the job was done, she asked how much she owed him for his help. Bryan smiled. “If you really want to pay me back, the next time you see someone, who needs help, give that person the needed assistance. And think of me”.

On the same evening, the elderly woman stopped by a small cafe. The place appeared to be dingy and ran down but considering she was starving and had no other options she thought she would take the chance. Upon her entrance into the decaying building she saw a waitress, nearly eight months pregnant, wiping up   a water glass spill with her own cloth scarf. The waitress had a sweet friendly smile, although she had probably spent her entire day on her feet. She was dressed in a faded blouse with a stained skirt and a rip down its side. Her shoes appeared to have been run over and found on the side of the road much like Bryan had found her earlier that day.

The lady wondered, how someone, who has so little, can be so kind and giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Bryan.

The lady had finished her meal and paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress went to get change and when she came back, the lady was gone. She left a note on the napkin, “You don‘t owe me anything. Somebody once helped me, just like now I‘m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, do not let this chain of love end with you”. The waitress found four more one hundred bills under the napkin.

That night the waitress came home earlier. She was thinking about the lady and the money she had left. She was wondering, how the lady could know, how much she and her husband needed it? Especially now, when the baby will soon arrive. She knew, that her husband worried about that, so she was glad to tell him the good news. Then she kissed him and whispered, “Now everything will be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson”.


 “To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.” ~-Buddha




Manataka Member,

Chaplain Scott A. Fleming,