Kindness Makes a Difference

Lent 2015Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”

“We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10: 31-33

For the last five years I have submitted a writing to our Christ Episcopal Church Lenton Devotional. You can find all the writings on the church website and download the whole devotional. Here is this year’s entry:

We often hear that people don’t like to attend church during Lent, it’s too much of a downer. I’ve never been able to separate the Ash Wednesday and Good Friday services from Easter Sunday. They all blend together.

This life can be tough. We make it even more difficult when we are not kind to each other. Atrocities against humankind fill our news cycle. I spend a great deal of my day putting the onslaught of terrible stories into perspective. I try to pray and tell myself there are far more wonderful and caring acts going on in this world which don’t make the news.

Then Lent happens and we can’t escape the details of the painful parts of the story.

Jesus opened the eyes of the blind and cured many but they wanted to stone Him to death. Even though his miracles had brought such goodness to the world, the crowd couldn’t get past him saying he was God’s Son. The reverse of “actions speak louder than words”! Yet another example of how terrible we can be to each other even when faced with goodness.

I ask myself what we can do. What can I take away? I can use Lent to remember that kindness does make a difference. We understand God’s love while witnessing good deeds. Also, our words are powerful. I can take the time to choose them carefully with others and in prayer. I can give the gift of an encouraging word to someone.

Life in this world has ashes, pain, and death, but no matter how horrible a situation might be, I know this world also has faith, love, and peace. We can show this to others.

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