January 10, 2020

“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.” – Titus 3:14

Sunday lunch is a fun time for our family.  We love to go and enjoy quality time together after worship and before preparing for the adventures of the coming week.  It was on a Sunday, while we were out for lunch, that a person at the table next to us did something that caught my wife’s attention.

It seems that the person at the next table noticed a homeless person wrapped in a blanket and lying alongside a building across the street.  Instead of ignoring this sight, she wrapped up some of her pizza in a napkin, quietly got up from the table, walked out of the front door of the pizzeria, walked across the busy street, and handed this man her pizza.  He looked at her and said, “Thank you.”  She walked back across the street and quietly returned to her family at the dinner table.

My wife looked at me and asked, “Did you see that?”  My answer was, “See what?” I had not actually seen this kind gesture.  I was busy enjoying my pizza and the football game on the restaurant’s TV.  It was easy to see that this small act of kindness had a big impact on my wife. It truly touched her to see someone extend such care to a person in need.

The opportunities to show kindness to our neighbors are all around us.  I must admit, I did not even see this man sitting on the other side of the street.  I am thankful that the woman who did see him did not ignore him.  She took just a minute out of her meal to bless someone’s life. What she did not know is that it would be a blessing for my wife as she watched this kind deed. It was an important reminder to us that we can look for opportunities to be a blessing to others, no matter where we may be and what we may be doing.

I want to encourage you to look for an opportunity to be kind today.  You never know how big a difference you will make in the lives of our neighbors.

– Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship