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Day 6 – Monday, October 7, 2019

Today’s thought is shared by William Tingle…

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 ESV )

At the time I’m writing this, we just had Labor Day weekend a few days ago. Every year I’m reminded of the kindness of three Christian sisters from Great Oaks. On Labor Day weekend in 2013, I unexpectedly lost our first baby through a miscarriage. It was one of the darkest times in my life. Two Christian sisters who had experienced miscarriages took time out of their schedule to come to my house and just hug me and let me cry. Not many words were exchanged, but sometimes that’s the best. A hug and a prayer can speak a thousands comforting words.

On what would have been my baby’s due date the following March, I wasn’t able to go to work that day. I felt like I needed a self-care day for remembrance for our baby. Another Christian sister knew I wouldn’t be at work that day, and stopped by my house with a thoughtful card and a mason jar of flowers. Again, not many words exchanged, only a hug with the gifts. She had never experienced the pain and loss of a miscarriage but she showed kindness regardless! I will never forget the kindness and compassion these three sisters had upon my life during that time! Paul says in Ephesians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” When we are being kind and compassionate in helping carry someone else’s burdens during a hard time, we are doing the work of the Lord! How blessed we are to have the Lord’s church to minister to each other during hard times! Never underestimate the lasting impact of stopping in your day to give someone a simple act of kindness!

Lord, thank you for the kindness my Christian family has shown me! I’m so grateful for Your Church and how Christ taught us to be kind, compassionate, and loving to others. Please bless me with opportunities to return kindness and compassion to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen


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