We can be a kinder, gentler nation and still be strong. Jesus was never weak in His ministry, but He was also never too busy to be kind. He blessed the children (Matthew 19:14), He healed many (Matthew 19:2), He spoke comfort to the thief beside Him as He hung on a cross (Luke 23:43). If we follow our Lord’s example, we will take time – indeed make time – to be kind.
I have experienced Your kindness over and over in my life. Help me to increase my awareness of opportunities to show kindness to others: family, friends, coworkers, or strangers. May it become my first thought as I interact with this world.
During this week, seek out opportunities to show kindness to someone in your family, a friend or coworker, and a stranger. Notice how these acts make you feel and how it affects the other person. Include these encounters in your Lenten journal. Consider continuing this practice throughout the season of Lent and beyond.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©