CLOTHED IN KINDNESS
Read Colossians 3: 12-17
As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience.
I was scared when we walked into the emergency room at
4 am. My husband, Jose, had tingling and numbness down
his left side and a slight limp, symptoms of a mini-stroke. As
the staff checked us into a
room, I fought to hold back
tears. I was anxious and
afraid, but a nurse’s kind-
ness reassured me.
“My name is Sarah,” she
said. “You let me know if you need anything, okay?” Sarah
took a moment to smile and make eye contact with us. In
fact, everyone who came into our room stopped to introduce
themselves and ask if we were comfortable. With each smile,
the hospital became less cold and scary. My fear subsided as
I sensed God encouraging me through the quiet, friendly care
of the staff.
What a difference kindness can make! It is a powerful way
to share God’s grace with others. When we put on kindness,
we look more like Jesus. We never know when a thoughtful
gesture could turn the day around for a co-worker, a struggling child, or the stranger behind us at the coffee shop. We
can share the love of Christ with those around us through our
kind words and actions.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving us. Help us to be like
Christ, reaching out to others with kindness and compassion.
Betsy de Cruz (Texas)
Prayer Focus: EMERGENC Y HEALTHCARE WORKERS
— Colossians 3: 12 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Who might need to know
Christ through my words
or actions today?