Small Acts of Kindness…

One of the most heart-warming things during this pandemic, which has brought so much tragedy and grief, has been the outpouring of small acts of kindness across our community.

One of the great things about being a vicar, I’ve discovered in the last 2 years, is that people tell you things! They share with you the sadness and struggles they go through, which is a tremendous privilege. And they also share with you the joys. Recently I’ve heard so many stories of joy that have come through other people’s kind-heartedness, from picking up shopping, to gifts left on doorsteps, to phone calls and emails and even letter-writing.

As I write, it is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and the focus this year is on kindness. Poor mental health devastates the lives of millions, and yet kindness can make such a difference to sufferers. The bible encourages us to clothe ourselves with kindness. But sometimes I wonder if we forget that God also is kind. He says that He has loved us with an everlasting love and drawn us to Him with unfailing kindness. How wonderful to live in a world created by a God who in His very nature is kind. No wonder it warms our hearts when we both give and receive kindness. However unwittingly, we are getting close to our true nature as people made in the image of God when we are kind. I pray that you may experience both giving and receiving kindness over the next few days and weeks and know yourself drawn closer to our God of unfailing kindness.

Revd Christine Pinder

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