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Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'


Matthew 25:37-40



      Alex Haley, the author of "Roots," told the story of how his father had his life changed by a simple act of kindness: He was the youngest of eight children, living as a sharecropping family. Everyone in the family was needed to help with the crops. After several years of school, the family pressed each child into service on the farm. Fortunately his mother intervened on behalf of Alex's father, and he was allowed to stay in school. When he was ready for college he chose the Lane Institute. He worked as many as four jobs in addition to full-time studies. It was all physically and emotionally exhausting.


     Haley's father worked for a summer as a porter on a train. There he met a passenger early one morning, who couldn't sleep and wanted to talk. This man was impressed by a black porter working to earn money for college and tipped him the then unimaginable sum of five dollars.


     By the end of the summer Mr. Haley had to decide whether to convert his summer earnings into a mule and begin to sharecrop, or complete his last year at school. He took the risk of completing college.


     Alex Haley told what happened next: "When Dad arrived on campus, the president called him into his office and showed him a letter he had just received. The letter was from the elderly man whom my father had met on the train, and it contained a check for $518.00, enough to cover Dad's tuition and living expenses for one full year." The kindness of an unknown friend made all the difference in the life of Alex Haley's father, Alex Haley himself, and every succeeding generation of their family.


     Haley's father, and indeed the whole family, never forgot this act of kindness all from a virtual stranger. ChristianGlobe Networks, Inc., ChristianGlobe Illustrations, by Richard J. Fairchild


     Jesus, in the Matthew text above, calls for all of us to be kind to one another. The acts of kindness he describes are very basic and humble, yet they are the absolute necessities of life. So we certainly don't have to make a large expensive gesture. There are countless ways to be kind to one another. The little acts of kindness sometimes make as much of an impact on a person's life as the large ones.


     And the more we practice kindness, the better we get at it. Our kindness may be passed on to someone else and then someone else. The next thing we know, people are being kind to one another all over the place! We may never get to see the impact our kindness has made; but I venture to say it's a bigger impact than we could ever imagine.


     Michael P. Green says, "It takes a long time to fill a glass with drops of water. Even when the glass seems full, it can still take one, two, three, four, or five or more additional drops. Yet if we keep at it, there is at last that one drop that makes the glass overflow. The same applies to deeds of kindness. In a series of kindnesses there is at last one that makes the heart run over."


     So let's pray today that God will open our hearts and send the Holy Spirit to us to inspire us simply to be kind.


Yours in the love of Christ,

Pastor Alicia

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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