While searching for a topic for this month’s message, the topic of kindness kept appearing in my everyday life. Church signs always have great messages. You know how it is when you’re driving up and down the road and various churches along the way put inspirational messages on their sign. This month, I kept seeing messages about kindness.
The first message read, “Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” As I thought about this message, all I could think of was how true it was. When others can’t see but someone helps them navigate a path through a group of people, that is a language that they can feel but not see. Or if someone can write out directions for someone who can’t hear, that has to be so helpful to that person. That’s the language of kindness in action.
The second message read, “I serve God when I show kindness to others.” Sitting with my dad in his final days, my sister, Barbara, showed tremendous kindness to Dad to help him enter into peace with God. Dad was deeply troubled and life was not comfortable for him. We were in the process of moving him from Assisted Living to Long Term Care as his care needs exceeded the skills of the staff in Assisted Living. We knew the move was not one that Dad wanted to make, but we felt we had no choice based on his needs. But Dad had a choice, and he made it while kindness, and love, surrounded him.
So next time you have an opportunity to share kindness with someone, take that extra step to do so. It will be appreciated more than you’ll ever know.
Diane Flayhart, Senior Warden