God's gift of kindness this Christmas

5:00 am Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

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Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! Ephesians 2:7-8 (MSG) 

“It’s the small acts of kindness that so greatly touch our lives.” (tweet this)

I remember reading the words on a pink square of paper as a child. There were two teddy bears on it and one was patching the leg of the other one. 

I’m not sure why it stayed with me but it did and often it comes back to me. 

I recalled these words after I gave some colleagues a small Christmas gift.

Afterwards one of my colleagues came to me and said, “Thanks for the present. I really appreciate it. In all the time I’ve worked I’ve never received a gift.”

That broke my heart. 

Tore it into pieces. 

There was nothing great about my action. 
It was small. 
It cost me very little. 

Yet it touched someone’s life.

I often find myself thinking about small kindnesses in relation to God: the kindness of rain to water the garden, or a stranger giving me space to turn into traffic or waking up next to my husband. 

God’s kindness is so prevalent that I often miss it. (tweet this)

Christmas quotes I miss the kindness of God in sending his son as a delicate, fragile baby whispering to my soul that at my most vulnerable, God births new things. 

I neglect the kindness of God choosing to have his son born in a manger, choosing to reveal to me that my background, my status and my address are nothing to him. 

And then there is the kindness of God that allows two confused, human parents to raise his son, uttering that I am enough, that I can be trusted to make good decisions not only with my own life but with the gifts God gives me. 

It is the kindness of God that so greatly touches lives. (tweet this)

Often I take that kindness for granted, I don’t see it as a big thing, I don’t see God’s kindness as what it is: a gift. 

Ponder: Where has God shown you kindness in your life? How can you show kindness to someone today?

Pray: Lord, give me eyes to see those in need of kindness and hands that reach out to offer it. Amen.

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