Part of ministry is simply showing up and being present. People seem to be surprised, but appreciative when I do that.
During high school and college, I attended a church where the Senior Pastor made a practice of meeting people at the hospital when they checked in for surgery. I incorporated that practice into my ministry when I became a Senior Pastor.
This morning, I was at the hospital at 6am to meet a woman who was checking in for surgery. In fact, I arrived before she did. Her first words were, “What are you doing up at this hour?” I spoke briefly with her and her husband and prayed with the couple. I was in and out before I had to pay for parking. Not that I rushed, but I did not want to be in the way when their turn came to check in. Our time was short, but meaningful.
Phone calls are good. Email has its place. Cards and letters are helpful. But I’m learning that the best ministry is personal. It is holding a hand as you pray. It is face to face interaction. Sometimes, all you have to do is show up. Your presence alone ministers, even before open your mouth.