Moving as much as we have, much was lost. Or tossed, or given away. Most of it just stuff but time reminds me of the photo’s dad had that didn’t end up with me or my brother. I’m surprised there are a few cherished things that found their way to our home.
The books and bibles are well-worn and today I finally glued the spine back to one of the family bibles and a songbook given to mama. Kind words were written inside from the giver and I was quickly reminded of the kindnesses that have spread across generations.
Notes written in books, a delicate handkerchief from a pastor’s wife when I was a teenager, funny pictures with friends who could bring out silliness in me. I wondered if I’ve been as kind in return.
I thought I had the correct change when I walked in to get a soda. But I’d mistaken a penny for a dime, plunked the money and drink on the counter and said, “I’m short a dime and going to the car to get it.” Walking back in, a young man walking out said “I gave her the dime”. Kindness from a stranger.
I am moved by kindness. The simple gesture of a coworker offering to walk me to my car when night has come, someone holding the door open, these ordinary everyday acts, I don’t want to miss the grace of giving and accepting.
My mind goes to the gentle rhythm of a melody from long ago….
It’s your kindness that leads us to repentance, O Lord
Knowing that you love us no matter what we do
Makes us want to love you too. – Your Kindness Leslie Phillips
“His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.” Romans 2:4b TLB
The rest of the verse is hard. It talks about our stubbornness and our refusal to turn from our sin, from our own desires rather than His. The verses talk about his judgement that will come. But, God wants to move us with his kindness, His benevolent patience.
God, help me to be moved by your kindness, swayed to put your ways above mine. With each kindness shown me by a stranger may I see your face, your hands, your grace. Forgive my stubbornness. May my heart be turned to you.