“And, whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
It’s hard to be in the helping profession while often feeling helpless about being able to do something significant during this crisis. I don’t think I’m alone in that – in fact, I’ve heard it from many of you. Right now, the ways I connect with people are limited and often feel sterile – a phone call here, an email there, a meeting via Zoom to connect people – all minus the warmth and hugs. It’s easy to feel disconnected. I miss my group cycling rides with stops for coffee, hugs from my children and grandchildren, extended family dinners with my siblings, and seeing all of you every week.
Yet, when I reflect upon it, I think it has forced me to be creative in connecting with the important people in my life. We have had many virtual happy hours. We have been able to plan a distance birthday party for my mother’s 90th. I have had the opportunity to connect people who might be able to help each other. And, we are excited about a Zoom baby shower for our daughter and son-in-law as they get ready to welcome their second child. It’s not the same, but it is still so good to connect. And I tell myself, every small contact matters.
When I’m feeling helpless, I remind myself of the words of Mother Teresa: “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Rev. Dr. Deb Kaiser-Cross
Minister for Congregational Care
Prompt for Reflection
So, I ask myself and I ask you — How can we challenge ourselves to offer small kindnesses today? Who knows how important that small act of kindness might be for someone feeling discouraged and alone in these days?
For those we encounter today at home, online, by phone, or outside:
All knowing God, as we reflect on the people we encounter each day, we recognize each one as unique with individual hopes and needs, but we see only the surface – the smiles, the frowns, the sleepiness, the liveliness. We know that expressions can be misleading – yet you know what is churning underneath. As we encounter people in our walks, or calls, or trips to the grocery store, empower us to extend small expressions of kindness to each one we meet, doing it in the name of the Lord. Amen.