When thinking of acts of kindness in the bible I always think of the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.
The other day I was sitting back relaxing and I started thinking about people who had shown special kindness to me when I was younger and then I thought about those who had shown kindness to my daughter when she was growing up. Those shown to my daughter, of course, are more warming to my heart. Over her childhood years we had gifts from ‘Secret Santa’s at Christmas time and during the her younger days of organized sports at the park, fees were waved at times, which was greatly appreciated, but I think what stands out to me most is something that took place when she was in the 5th grade.
Her dad never participated in her life when she was young and it was one of the hurts she had to grow up with. Almost all the kids at the schools she attended had both a mom and dad in their homes. I was just one of a few single parents at each of her schools. At the school she was attending in the 5th grade they were having a father-daughter dance. When I saw that was on the schedule, I was trying to think of something real special I could do with her that evening to try to make it a happy evening for her. It ended up that I didn’t have to do that. The father of her closest friend in school invited her to attend the dance with him. Kristi’s friend was the oldest daughter and then she had younger twin sisters. I’m sure Mr. B danced every dance that night, taking four girls, and it is an act of kindness that my daughter and I will never forget.
What acts of kindness did you experience when you were younger, or your children experience when they were young? Are there any special bible verses or special songs that bring those happy memories to mind? I’d Love to hear them.
I wish everyone a very beautiful and very blessed Monday.