Kindness Always Remembered

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Have you ever noticed how much of Christ’s life was spent in doing kind things – in merely doing kind things? … he spent a great proportion of his time simply in making people happy, in doing good turns to people.

There is only one thing greater than happiness in the world, and that is holiness; and it is not in our keeping. But what God has put in our power is the happiness of those about us, and that is largely to be secured by our being kind to them.…

I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder than we are. How much the world needs it. How easily it is done. How instantaneously it acts. How infallibly it is remembered.
~Henry Drummond from The Greatest Thing in the World

 

 

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Sure on this shining night
Of star made shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground. 
The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth. 
Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder wand’ring far 
alone
Of shadows on the stars.
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Kindness has always watched for me;
I remember how it infallibly surrounds me.
I weep with those who weep,
whether from fear, or separation,
or frustration, or anger,
or grief, or loss,
or sheer exhaustion.
I weep to wonder
why any one of us should not know
the kindness and comfort
of being held in the arms of those we love
and who love us.
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2 thoughts on “Kindness Always Remembered

  1. Thank you, Emily, for a much-needed reminder of what so many in our suffering chaotic world that is suspended in a chasm of genocide and hatred, lost hope, and never-ending pain know in their hearts is the answer – the remedy – to seek justice for all. Sadly, many decry the reality of the evil that is encroaching, permeating every corner of our world but may not know, believe in or trust whom or what they must seek — the ONLY ONE who can bring, compassion, unconditional love, peace and justice to a suffering world blinded by hatred and chaos. Turning to Jesus, praying for His help in facing the evil that confronts us, often takes courage in a world that hated Him and ignored His message millennia ago and that still tries to shut Him out, replacing His message of love and compassion with lies, distractions and the vain ego-centric advice and actions of those whose credo is one based on greed, cruelty, and hegemony. In Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians while a prisoner of Rome he gives advice on how to battle against evil by putting on the Armor of God (6:10-17). It was then, and remains for all time, excellent advice that does not involve use of nuclear missiles; killer drones; chemical poisoning and Napalm; mass ‘silent’ murder through torture and starvation; and punitive, cruel separation within innocent families.

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