Exquisite Kindness

Exquisite Kindness

A day or two ago, I was surfing Facebook sites to which I post.  On the website of one of the churches I served was a note from a church member that stopped me in my tracks.  I have no real idea what led that church member to write what he/she did.  But that post reminded me that in the midst of a difficult world there are folks who exhibit exquisite kindness.

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When To Give Up Hope

Hope is not something you and I were meant to hold on to until better times showed up.   Hope isn’t the ultimate healer of all of our problems.  Hope is a state of mind, a worldview, an attitude that transcends how we look back at the past and how we encounter the present.  As you and I approach our unique futures, hope is not intended to be the automatic antidote for all things problematic.

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Serendipity

Ever have a thought come to mind and not know where it came from or where it was going to lead you?  That happened to me today.  What was I going to do with my nagging thought?  It would not leave me alone.

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Coming to the End

“I look back on my life like a good day’s work, it was done and I am satisfied  with it.”  Grandma Moses (1860-1961)

I remember sitting at the bedside of a member of one of the churches I served.  He was quite old and he was dying.  His wife had called me to  ask that I come and be with him.  She said that he had some questions for me. I knew this would be a tough encounter for two reasons:  1) this gentleman was so weak that it would take all my concentration just to hear him speak and 2)  I knew this was probably my last chance to have the opportunity to answer whatever questions he had.  I wouldn’t get the opportunity to clarify any answers I might give him.

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Reaching, Always Reaching

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.  It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.  It is not disgrace to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.  Not failure, but low aim, is a sin.” (Benjamin Mays – 1894-1984)

I wasted a day yesterday and for the first time I can remember, I was, I am aware indeed that it was a wasted day.

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