Thursday, March 4, 2021
The sun is special this time of year. Even though the nights are cold the sun coming through a window warms us in a marvelous way. The Christmas cactus on the plant shelf is just beginning to bloom again. The intricacy of the flower is difficult to capture even in a photo. The color, a deep magenta, is so fitting for Lent.
One of the old plants started looking pretty awful as pieces of the leaves broke off but those leaves cut sharply with a knife and put into potting soil produced even more plants. A bit how kindness works. Ever notice how kindness spreads? One kind deed becomes two and even more.
We don’t think much of kindness during Lent. We’re supposed to be all somber but a simple act of kindness really reflects how Jesus made his journey toward Jerusalem. He took pity on the blind Bartimaeus and healed him. Although we may not be able to heal the blind, we also through small acts of kindness can reflect the spirit of Jesus.
Prayer for the Day
All embracing God, you show us loving kindness;
Bind us together in your community of care;
Teach us, we pray, how to share your love which knows no end
So we are truly live as your examples in this world.
May we learn to love without fear as did the One you sent,
In the name of him who is your gift of love,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Thoughts for the Day
No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Aesop, storyteller (620-564 BCE)
I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
Mother Teresa, saint (1910-1997)
For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed,
But my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
And my covenant of peace shall not be moved,
Says the Lord, who has compassion on you.