Brighten the day

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts..……Henry David Thoreau

We may be the person who makes or breaks someone’s day. Just a little kindness spread around can make a world of difference. A kind word, a smile, a hello may boost someone out of a bad day. We can make other’s days brighter. Try it!

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Loving God, help us to see those around us and to reach out in kindness. It may be the only bright thing in their day.

Be welcoming

Hospitality is a form of worship —————————The Talmud

Welcoming people is so important. I have been to churches where no one spoke to me. Obviously I was in no hurry to go back.

Being together over a dinner table is so important. Meals bring us closer together. Jesus left us with a meal for us to share. It is the ultimate hospitality.

Greet people in love and share meals of food and meals from the altar.

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Generous God, help us to be as generous to others as you have been to us. AMEN

And the greatest is love

Today I am tired so I ask you to think deeply on these words about love.

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1 Corinthians 13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Gift of Love

13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,[a] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly,[b] but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Follow his steps

Jesus is God translated to us as a book is translated into a language that we can read and understand. –————–unknown

In Jesus God is visible. We can see and understand how God would behave…it’s how Jesus behaved. Don’t just read the Bible for the things that Jesus said. Look carefully at the things he did. He taught and loved and healed. He sat down with outcasts and sinners. He lived against the norm. He was God in action. Follow his steps.

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Lord God, you sent Jesus to show us the way. Help us to follow in his footsteps. AMEN

Keep quiet—walk away

Conflict cannot survive without your participation. ————-Wayne Dyer

The Bible shows us how to avoid conflict. It tells us to turn the other cheek. Not an easy thing to do. For most of us it has nothing to do with physical violence but instead using words (that may not be too kind). A person can’t argue by themselves. If you can’t keep your temper walk away. Words can hurt and cannot be taken back whether out loud or on social media.

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Gracious Lord, you have called us to kindness and love. Help us to remember this when faced with unpleasant situations. AMEN

Kindness matters

No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. ———–Aesop

Not too long ago there was w wonderful movie called “Pay it Forward.” In life there are so many opportunities to do a small kindness. Let someone with a few groceries go in front of you, smile as you pass people on the street, give a package of crackers to a homeless person. Sometimes you don’t get even a thank you but that doesn’t matter. Somewhere, somehow it will make a difference.

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Loving God, remind us that even the smallest kindness matters. AMEN

Do what you can

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are —————-Theodore Roosevelt

Too often we do nothing because we think we don’t have anything worth while. Then nothing gets done. We can always do something. If that something is your best then it is enough.

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Lord God, remind us to use what we have, where we are to help the world. AMEN

Nothing is too small

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. ——-Buddha

We all want to do some great work and change the world. We keep trying to find our niche. The problem is that our niche may be the simplest thing. Each thing we do matters. There is nothing too small. Just taking food to someone sick may be the thing you are called to do. Don’t waste time trying to be things you are not. Be the best you- you can be.

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Imaginative God, help us to see that everything matters and no job is too small. AMEN

Gossip

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues. ——-Bertrand Russell

I am sure that gossip is evil. I am also sure that gossip is irresistible. When we hear something juicy about someone we just can’t wait to pass it on. Does it make us feel better? Do we seem less vulnerable ourselves? Somehow we do think that putting someone else down makes us better than…..but we are not.

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We are called to love one another, have compassion and be kind. We are not called to gossip.

 

Loving God, forgive our sharing of gossip and remind us that we too are not perfect. AMEN

Kindness has converted more people than zeal,science, or eloquence. ———Mother Teresa

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In church we often hear the word evangelism. There are those who call it the E word and run whenever someone whats them to go out and do it. We are thinking of this word in the wrong way. To go out and tell people about our faith is fine but to live out that faith speaks volumes. We need to live so that people ask “why are they so kind and loving?” This is what will draw people to Christ.

Lord Jesus, you showed us how to live. You drew people by your works. Help us to do the same. AMEN