November always speaks to us of the many things we are thankful for. This last month I have been blessed by several strangers who have been kind to me in unexpected ways and how grateful I am for their help.
My husband I were unloading our utility trailer at the transfer station recently, when the young fellow unloading a truck next to us finished what he was doing, came over to us, and in a matter of minutes he helped my husband finish the job.
It is leaf cleanup time in the neighborhood and neighbors on both sides have been by several times to help me load their trailers and take the leaves to recycle.
Micah 6:8 speaks to us of what God requires of us, that we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.
Thankfulness for random acts of kindness by strangers are best rewarded by passing the favor on when we are blessed with the opportunity to help a friend or stranger.
Sometimes a kind or thoughtful word can make a strangers day.
I pray the Prayer of Examen each evening, as I thank God for the blessings of my day, I am as grateful to remember the opportunities to be kind, as I am for the kindness others show me.
When we ask God that we may be filled with loving kindness, we often find we are blessed with moments when we are at peace with our world.
This life is not about who we are individually, but who we are when we walk humbly with God, and trust that He will lead us in His ways.
And so, in this season of cold, dark nights, may you be blessed with many opportunities to provide random acts of kindness to strangers and friends.