Friday, December 3, 2021
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Matthew 25:34b-35 – Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (NRSV)

A year ago, early in Advent, on December 3, 2020, I took part in a Zoom dialogue with our Prime Minister and 400 faith leaders from across Canada.

"I have been proud of our fellow Canadians to make it through this pandemic, but we have seen countless examples of stepping up, helping out, and contributing to their communities," said the Prime Minister. "The measures each of you has put in place to keep your communities safe have been very important. You have also been very strong in continuing a message that is not unfamiliar to you — the encouraging of people who are tired and frustrated by what life is throwing at them to stay the course, think of the long term, and doing good towards others. To make sacrifices and hang in there and keep doing the right thing."

Many words were spoken about the place and importance of faith communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. One word spoken among the many words shared was "kindfulness". This one word was offered as our best response to the needs of others amid the anxiety and stress coming from the disruptions in people's lives and relationships. Kindfulness simply invites us to open our hearts and to be aware of the needs of others.

So many of Jesus' stories and sayings are expressions of kindfulness. Listen to His deep teaching in today's verses taken from the passage in Matthew 25:31-46. See clearly what is happening in the story of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. What is crucial in both is the awareness of the need around us and responding to it in the most appropriate way open to us. As we respond to our circumstances and situations, we, too, will hear the joy in Jesus' voice as He says, "Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:40b NRSV) We, too, can be agents of mercy, as Jesus tells us, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10:37b NRSV)

A year has gone by since that dialogue with the Prime Minister, and the need for kindfulness has only grown. My invitation to you is the same as the one given to me: practice kindfulness. As you begin your day, ask to be an agent, an instrument, of God's love and mercy and peace.

As we walk through the Advent themes of hope, peace, joy, and love this year, I encourage us all to also remember "kindfulness" as a fitting response to the grace of God in our lives.

Prayer: May the Christ, Who walks on wounded feet, walk with us on the road. May the Christ, Who serves with wounded hands, stretch out our hands to serve. May the Christ, Who loves with a wounded heart, open our hearts to love. May we see the face of Christ in everyone we meet, and may everyone we meet see the face of Christ in us. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Kenn.

    Thanks, Kenn for a very good challenge today.

    I loved your devotion for today. Thanks and God bless.

    Great post, Kenn! Thanks for the important reminder and God bless!

    Thanks for an interesting message, Ken! We all need to be reminded.

    Beautiful Kenn. May the Almighty’ blessings be upon you this new season.

    I have read that prayer ten times this morning and will keep it handy. Thank you.

    This message was sent from the Good Lord’s own heart. Every word was precious. Thank you!

    Your sharing hope and joy today helps me, Kenn. Goodness and mercy to you today on the journey.

    Thanks, Kenn. This fits with my current study of 1 John… love one another. And how awesome that you had an opportunity to witness to your Prime Minister.

    So well written Kenn, the word “kindfulness” is such a good expression of how we may respond to the needs of others. Thank you for this inspiring devotional.

    Thank you, Ken, for sharing this thoughtful devotional with us! These Scriptures were my mother’s guiding principles throughout her entire life!

    Interesting. I had to check “kindfulness” vs “ kindness”. Are you continuing to see the same degree of kindness practiced or have most people reverted to their old ways? Thanks for sharing.

    Hello Kenn,
    A very good message you have shared with us. Your closing prayer has very deep meaning and direction for us to heed. Blessings as you continue to share your “gift” of writing such encouraging devotionals.

    Thanks for your timely and touching devotion.
    I will be doing the devotion at my ladies meeting and I plan to read your words. They are perfect and thoughtful.
    Blessings to you,

    Thank you for sharing your experience with your Prime Minister, and for challenging us to show kindfulness to others. The Lord has laid on my heart to be more active in praying for others and claiming praying as two or three as in Matthew 18. I am limited in what I can do, but kind encouraging words can make a difference.

    Hi Kenn,
    I really enjoyed your Devotional today. It was so inspiring and encouraging . Thanks for taking time to write Devotionals. You are a blessing to all of us who read them.
    Blessings this Advent season.

    Dear friend
    I found your words in today’s Devotional especially comforting. As numbers are on the increase, I find myself worrying more than I remember last year.
    I find that people are kinder than before this “thing” started.
    Bless you for your words.

    A very important message you have shared with us today. You have said it all and your prayer is what we need today. Seeing Jesus in everyone we see is not easy, but very important.
    It is good to hear what our Prime Minister says which is not reported to the wider public through print or TV. Thank you for sharing your experience. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of “kindfulness” in this world.
    Thank you for contributing to PresbyCan. Blessings.

    Wow! That is a wonderful story! I am SO GLAD to have heard about your ‘faithful’ servant story – so many faithful men in our country; men who are praying and living out the faith that our LORD came to show us.
    The message you share is also very timely, with many people now becoming anxious about the new mutation of the virus. We who know the LORD really have a serious responsibility to be genuinely engaged in the kindfulness you have described. May the LORD guide us all to be doing His will, caring for the people around us. Bless you for sharing that zoom call. GOD bless.

    Amen to Kindfulness. Thank you for writing.

    Thank you so much for this meditation.
    I balked at the sight of this word, thinking why not just “kindness”? But after I read your devotional, I realized the word you used had a broader meaning.
    Very timely provocation for these Advent Days!
    Blessings to you.
    PS: read yesterday of a man who has walked with his dog, the 8,000 kms from Vancouver Island to the easternmost Island in Canada to raise awareness of the charity “Trees for Life” which focuses on “regreening”.
    Your meditation helped to “regreen” my mind this Advent!

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