During this COVID-19 time I have been reading over some of my old sermons. At times it’s been torturing. I feel your pain. As my father would say, that’s long suffering. But every so often I rediscover a story that is worth sharing again. This story is one that Libby Tyner Bispham shared with Karen. It is story about one of her infamous High School reunions. You know what High School reunions are like! You find yourself catching up with folks that you haven’t seen for a long time – some of them good friends and some of them just classmates/acquaintances. It can be fun to see how folks have changed and what they are up to.
Well, it seems that Libby had a conversation with a classmate — someone she knew but not a close friend. This person told Libby that she saved her life. Libby was surprised – shocked — and had no idea what she was talking about. The young woman went on to explain — she was sitting all by herself in the lunchroom when Libby asked if she could sit with her for lunch. Unbeknownst to Libby, the young woman had been contemplating committing suicide. She told Libby that the simple act of befriending her that day at lunch caused her to change her mind.
What we would like to remind you is that small acts of compassion and kindness matter –even the acts we might consider to be ordinary gestures, words or actions. You never know what they will mean to another. Think about a time when someone told you how much an action or word meant to him/her. Think about how surprised you were because you had not given it a second thought or perhaps found yourself a bit embarrassed because you couldn’t even remember doing anything at all. Small acts of compassion and kindness matter.
In these days we need more intentional small acts of compassion and kindness. That’s our invitation. Be a person of intentionality and share some compassion and kindness. You will make a difference.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:19-21
“After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”
Can you think of an act of compassion or kindness that benefited you?
How are you investing?
What does God’s joy look like to you?
Prayer: Holy God, remind me each day how small acts of compassion and kindness can make a difference. Help me be more intentional in the ways I respond to others. Let me hear the words “well done good and trustworthy servant.” Amen.
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