Romans 12:10 – “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love….”
It was over 20 years ago. I was holding my baby son in my arms while my two other children played under a big tree in the front yard of an old house. The house was also a local food bank, and I was watching my children while my wife went in. I had been laid off work for a long time, and we were out of food. I tried to laugh as my children chased each other around the tree, but my heart was too heavy. Despair hung around me like a cloud. All I could feel was fear. Finally, my wife came out holding a large bag of food, and we smiled at each other. Thanks to the kindness of others our children would not go hungry that night.
It was yesterday. I found myself outside the doors of another food bank. Thanks to the kindness of a kindred spirit, I had some extra money in my wallet and a longing to share this gift with others. I went to the local grocery store and bought what I could with what I had. Then I carried in the bags of food to help restock the food bank’s sparse shelves. The people there thanked me several times, but I felt a little embarrassed as I accepted their gratitude. I was, after all, only completing a circle of kindness that began over twenty years ago.
This world is full of circles of love. Every smile we share, things we give, and act of kindness we do flows out from us to touch others. Then it continues on going from heart to heart and soul to soul until it circles the world and returns to us again. I was just happy to take my place in one of those circles yesterday and to pass on the loving-kindness that had been shared with me.
Don’t be afraid to take your own place in these circles of love. A kind word, a caring smile, a gentle touch, a helping hand, or a simple act of charity can change another’s life and this world as well. Love will warm your heart. Love will bring you joy. Love will spiral you to Heaven and always lead you back to God.