Yesterday, we took most of the day off. We did some chores, played in the dirt (soil), piddled around the house and finally got a couple of boxes of displaced stuff (sorry treasures) back into their designated place.  It was a good day. So I was not surprised, when I found myself on my thinking chair pondering the notion of goodness. Easter was a very good day and we want to pause and thank the many people who made it so meaningful. The beach work crew, all the musicians, the tech team and everyone who was able to attend.  There was such a spirit of goodness following all of us around as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus.  Well done and thanks to all who made Easter so very special. As I tarry with the notion of goodness, I want to paraphrase the insights of Robert Waldinger who offers these three thoughts. First, having social connections is good for our health and wellbeing—and conversely, loneliness kills. Second, having higher-quality close connections is very good, perhaps more important for our well-being than the number of connections. Third, having good relationships is not only good for our bodies but also for our brains. Remember, you’re made for goodness.  Goodness will makes things better and when you embody goodness things actually get better.

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9
“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;”

Reflection Questions:
What makes a day good for you?
How are you made for goodness?
How are you sharing goodness?

Prayer: Holy God, let me offer and receive the goodness which surrounds me this day.  Expect me to make a difference in the life of others. Let my love be genuine.  Amen.