27 March, Friday – Finding Kindness

Wisdom 2:1,12-22
John 7:1-2,10,25-30

Because his life is not like that of the others, and different are his ways

Amidst the storm of angry tweets clogging up my Twitter last week, one stood out for me, giving me hope that we have not all become debased hoarders of bread, eggs, cleaning products and toilet paper. One Augie Nash wrote that while he was standing in the checkout line at Sam’s Club, he witnessed a younger man offering an older couple, “bread and anything else you didn’t manage to find” from his own shopping cart. Wowzers! I’ve had similar experiences of my own. While on a flight to NYC two weeks ago, a woman in the next aisle offered me her spare mask and alcohol wipes. And last week, while at the grocery store searching desperately for eggs, a woman offered to split the last 4 boxes in the shelf with me, instead of grabbing them all for herself. Anyone who has been in an American grocery store or tried to order wipes, masks or sanitizer on Amazon will know that right now, this stuff is worth its weight in gold.

Scarcity brings out the worst in human nature. I’m sure that by now, we’ve all seen the videos of people fighting over stuff at grocery stores. But I believe that these difficult times also separate the wheat from the chaff. Right now, when kindness and generosity have mostly given way to fear and self-preservation, these random acts of kindness remind us all that there is still goodness in us. There are still those of us whose lives are not like others, whose ways are different. There are still remnants of us who are not selfish or self-preserving. And God has always rebuilt a people for Himself from remnants.

Now is the time to rise up and be counted. To come together, to put aside the things that divide us and find common ground. Now is the time to be strong for those around us, to be kind to one another, to live and not just preach the principles of our faith. Because we are all in this together — and either we learn to heal as a people, or we’ll die fighting each other.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Sharon Soo)

Prayer: We pray for protection and safety of all those battling this plague at its frontline. We pray for God to give them strength, good health, courage for the battle and wisdom to make good decisions.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all those who are putting their own lives on the line, to get us through this difficult time.

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