Be Kind

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32

The other day, someone did a very kind thing for me. It came out of nowhere. It got me thinking about kindness.

There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things. This world can be harsh and negative. Yet, if we remain generous and patient, kindness, at some point, will reveal itself.

Something deep in the human soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it and once we sense it, we can trust and open ourselves to it.

The word kindness has a gentle sound that seems to echo the presence of compassion, of goodness. When someone is kind to you, you feel as if you matter.

So … Leave a generous tip. Have a judgment-free day. Let a senior go ahead of you in line. Ask someone about their day. Make kindness the norm. Smile.

What about you? How are you going to show kindness?
The Rev. Richard "Dick" H. Elwood
Pastoral Associate
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