There they were in the emergency room, nurses and doctors, all attending to this exhausted couple. I was an EMT at the time. At one point I sat there washing off the husbands mud covered face with a warm washrag, he looked up at the group in tears and said thank you. No one was mad at him, no one discounted the experience they had gone through. No one chastised him for poor health choices which become clear as medical assessments continued, no one criticized his mistakes, and perhaps lack of judgment in driving the night before. No one cared whether or not he or she could pay for the services. We all felt love and compassion and were glad to serve. It brought out the best in everyone.
Here was a humble man, with little dignity left, clothes torn and soiled, physically limited and emotionally worn out. He could do little for himself other than talk. His thank you was unforgettable. After a few minutes he and his wife who was in a nearby bed were able to laugh at their situation. The nurses and doctors all respectfully let them find comfort in a little humor and they occasionally joined in where it was appropriate.
Not all of us are ever going to be in such a circumstance. But how good it is when given the opportunity to serve, to do so regardless of what brought a person to their current situation of need. To serve without judgment, evaluation of merit, or criticism produces joy and peace.
It is not always easy, but Love never fails. It's not required to evaluate someone's merit in order to offer service or love them.