August 12, 2019

 “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” -Matthew 7:12

I am a patriotic person. When I see the American flag flying in the Oklahoma wind I feel a great sense of pride. I understand the history and sacrifice behind our flag and I appreciate the beautiful country it represents.

There are many others who have a great appreciation for the Stars and Stripes and for each individual, there are as many reasons to love this symbol. For Finn, a young boy from Hartford, Connecticut, his appreciation is more complicated to understand. Finn is six years old. He has autism and Down Syndrome. Finn often focuses on the American flags hanging in his neighborhood. They capture his imagination and hold his focus, sometimes for a long period of time.

One evening, Finn and his parents were walking in their neighborhood. As they passed by a neighbor’s yard where an American flag flying high, Finn stopped and admired the flag for a long time, all while his parents patiently waited.

The owner of the home, Todd Disque, witnessed Finn’s love for the flag. He wanted to do something special for the family and especially for Finn. He took some time in his garage and made a small bench to place in front of the flag. Todd Disque even took some time to carve Finn’s name into the new wooden bench.

When the family came by the next time they were amazed at that the thoughtful gift that was awaiting Finn. When Finn’s mother was asked about this thoughtful gift she said, “There’s still good people out there that want to do kind things for no other reason than just to be kind.”

Each day, we have an opportunity to be kind. A simple gesture, a kind word or a small act of compassion can brighten a person’s day. We can bring great joy with thoughtful acts of kindness. Todd Disque did not have to make a bench for Finn, but his gift made far more than a place to admire the flag. An unexpected act of kindness brings blessings and joy. Who will you bless today?

Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship