November 18, 2021

“Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.” – Psalm 117:1-2

My first full-time job was in Altus, OK. It was a fantastic place to begin my ministry. When I first moved to Altus, I was single, and I did not know one person in the community. As great as the ministry was in this new community, it was tough being the new guy in town. I had left behind my family, my fiancé, my friends, and I did not realize how much I would miss them.

One evening, while I was at home alone, my doorbell rang. It was the mother of one my youth. She told me that she had been thinking about me that day and wanted to bring me a gift. She reached into the bag she was carrying and handed me an amazing homemade cake.  I was so grateful for her gift. It truly brightened my day.

It has been 20 years since she brought me that cake, but I remember it like it was yesterday.  The work and effort she put into baking and delivering that cake was well worth it. Her kindness blessed my life. When I think back on that small, special moment, I am remined of the power of kindness. When we use our talents, our resources, and our time to bless others, it truly makes a difference. We can bless others with an intentional act of kindness.

Is there a person around you that needs an act of kindness today? Maybe a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or a neighbor is feeling lonely or just simply going through a difficult moment.  Use your gifts and your resources to be kind to them.  Just like the Lord’s kindness brightens our day, our intentional kindness will brighten the day of our neighbor.

– Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship