Kindness In Action

Kindness in Action

Sitting in the rocking chair praying…

Listening to my father in law in the other room singing…

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

Sending texts to friends asking for prayer…

All the while the sound of the oxygen machine pumping…pumping…pumping…

After 94 years of life on this earth, my huband's grandmother was on her way to heaven.

As soon as she breathed her last, I saw kindness in action. These weren’t random acts of kindness, but were very deliberate acts by those who loved Grandma, and cared much for a grieving family!

Hospice nurses constantly checking in to make sure
they weren’t in our way as grandma breathed her last.

Assisted living employees coming and going
and telling us how much they will miss her.

My husband holds his mother’s hand as his mom
holds the hand of her dying mother…Generations of kindness.

The family…no words…sitting in silence…
but thankful to the Lord for His grace and mercy…
in awe of the fact that grandma is now with Him…
as words come…we are able to
encourage one another in that moment.
Eternity is in focus now like never before!

As we waited, for the next steps….the hospice nurses still cared for us and for grandma. All that was left was grandma’s body, she had exited this world and was with her Creator, but the nurses dressed her, and brushed her hair. I’ve never seen kindness like this before.

As I’ve looked back over this night replaying the events in my mind I can’t help but think of the story of David and Mephibosheth. I know this is a strange connection, but there is something in David’s dialogue with his servants that stands out.

And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.”

The deliberate acts of kindness that I saw the night that Grandma died, showed our family the same thing David wanted to show to the house of Saul. We saw and felt the kindness of God in the nurses, and workers all around us. We saw the kindness of God in one another that day and in the days ahead.

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I pray that I will show the kindness of God to others around me in the simplest of ways. I’ve been praying and asking the Lord to show me what it can look like to display the sacrificial kindness that I saw in action the night Grandma left this earth to be with the Lord. After all, the kindness of God leads to repentance (see Romans 2:4).

What actions of another have shown you the Lord’s kindness?

How can you show the kindness of God through your own acts of kindness?

 

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Brooke Ritterbush
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