Daily Inspiration, 4 Oct 16

“We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also to love others.”
Thomas Merton

“Kindness is the noblest weapon to conquer with.”
Thomas Fuller

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found.  It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.  Small acts of kindness and love.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
Proverbs 31:26

MY PRAYER today is simple. It is for kindness.  Kindness, such a simple word, but so large in its capacity to bless, strengthen…..  It is indeed so powerful it can change the courses of lives.  Kindness to me is faith, faith in another, belief in another that encourages, affirms, builds up.  Kindness is a willingness to overlook offenses and differences, encourage unity and what is held in common, yet honouring uniqueness and another’s perspectives.  Kindness is attention, kindness is presence, kindness is time.  When we give each other time, we regard each other; abit like looking in a mirror we take the time to see and to feel and to experience others.  We encourage them to feel their own worth within through the unspoken tenderness of our regard.  John Steinbeck says, “people are felt rather than seen, after the first few moments”.  I would like to say kindness is felt by us, and experienced  as true goodness in its purest form.  Today, may remember the magnitude of what we do, what we give, when we take a moment to be kind.


These are drawn from daily reflections and prayers which I write for my Chaplaincy colleagues.


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