Tag Archives: kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

I am moved this week to remind us all about Random Acts of Kindness. Too many random acts of violence have been thrust upon us these days. My intention today is to slide into our vision images of other Random Acts: those of generosity, kindness and compassion. These three spread like scattering dandelion seeds with […]

Comparing Leaders

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) In four days, President Obama will leave office. Whether this creates joy or sadness in you, he will be remembered as our first Black President and as a two-term President of unquestionable integrity, honesty and […]

Feed Each Other

There is an old folk parable that bears repeating. In hell, a perpetual banquet was held in order to provide for the residents there. Each person was given a spoon that was two feet long. Unfortunately, the inhabitants languished in hunger because they could not feed themselves. In heaven, a great, eternal banquet was also […]

Dear Lilka, 11-4-2016, Stepping Onto the Bridge

Dear Lilka, In your letter to me last week you asked four questions, the first of which was, “How can I hope to bridge the gap and promote meaningful conversation in regard to race?” While I don’t have THE answers, I will attempt to respond to this question and the remaining three in a way […]

His Embrace

When we search His call, abide in love, as we open all to God above in our praise and prayer, we worship and declare our God none to compare, we feel His embrace, feel His embrace.   If we see neighbors through Father’s eyes (neighbors – those heirs who we may despise), it’s not “them” […]

Peace or Hate

Will this be a day of peace when no atrocities slash our screens, no brutality, hate of men; instead compassion swell the scenes?   Across the world, too many wars; we need more healing in between. Too much destroying, leaving scars; we need God’s love to intervene.   Amid what has become routine how will […]

In Chains

I wonder sometimes how the rules and laws of the first century, Middle Eastern Jewish community have managed to bind chains around this 21st century, Western Christian community in a way that causes the latter to beatify those chains. Until the freedom of God’s love, mercy and grace are longed for, we will not have […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Conclusion

The Choice is Ours Since we live by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:25 Thanks and Thoughts First, I want to thank again the poets who helped to unify and enhance these themes. They are all listed at the end of this post with links to […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

Faith without works is dead. James 2:26 The entire quote from James 2:26 is, “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” It’s important to understand that James, the brother of Jesus, does not contradict the apostle Paul, who tells us, “For by grace you have […]

Fruit of the Spirit

 Spirit Living “For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) The apostle Paul wrote his letter to the church in Galatia in an attempt to strongly remind them that adhering to religious law was a dreadful return […]