Can you think of a time when someone was really kind to you?
Was it something they did, said or thought? How did this act of kindness make you feel?
Can you think of a time when you were really kind to someone?
Think about it now - what was the look on their face when they realized what you had done for them?
I wonder how this made you feel?
Pre-K - Grade 5
“Kindness is giving hope to those who think they are alone in the world.”
Jesus summarized the laws of Moses into this: You shall love your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself. A person in the crowd asked him, "Who is my neighbor?"
Then Jesus told this parable. Which person in the parable showed kindness?
What did he do? In how many ways was kindness offered?
One day Jesus taught on a hillside surrounded by a crowd of people. He described what kindness and love looked like. Read "Jesus Teaches the Secret of Happiness" on page 76 of The Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Here is an excerpt:
"Blessed are you who feed the poor, for you are the hands of God.
Blessed are you who comfort the sad, for you are the arms of God.
Blessed are you who work for peace, for you are the voice of God.
Blessed are you who are loving and kind, for you are the heart of God."
Older children can read Jesus' entire Sermon on the Mount in Luke 6.
During this pandemic, there are many people (including you!) who are showing kindness. Draw a picture of a time when you, or someone you know, were the hands, or arms, or voice, or heart of God.
Use the EXAMEN prayer to reflect on kindness.
It has 5 steps, so you might like to count them on your fingers:
1. GIVE THANKS for people who have shown kindness to you recently
2. ASK FOR HELP in thinking about ways you could show kindness to others this week
3. REFLECT on your day and think about the ways you have been kind to others , and the times you may have been unkind 4. SAY SORRY for the times you may have been unkind
5. DECIDE how you will be a ‘good neighbour’ tomorrow
We can show kindness to others but also to our planet, our common home. This Lent, we are all taking walks. Here's a simple prayer practice by which you invite God on your walk. Cut out the Holy Hikes cards found in the newsletter mailed to your home. Each card includes a focus for your walk, one or two verses of a Psalm, and a prayer. Whenever you walk alone or with family choose a card, read it, carry it with you, and notice that special part of God's creation. Ask yourself:
What does it mean to you to show kindness towards God’s creation?
How might you be a good neighbor and offer acts of kindness to our planet?
If you can't walk outside, use the cards while gazing out a window, or while riding in the car, or as a mealtime grace, or as a bedtime moment.
‘We grow in kindness when our kindness is tested.’
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
When we are placed in a situation that needs kindness, and we respond with kindness,
our ability to show kindness grows stronger.
Look around you.
Where is kindness needed this week?
How can you offer kindness and be a blessing to those who are in need of kindness?