Pastor Linda Settles
As we continue into the fall, perhaps you’ve been struck by the beautiful colors of the leaves as they change from green to golden yellows and variations of such vibrant reds that even painters are in awe. Or maybe you are one that loves the cool, crisp fall days as a relief from the heat of summer.
What always strikes me about the fall, November in particular, is how we tend to turn our attention to kindness. Perhaps it’s because October is the month of Trunk or Treat celebrations and we love to give candy and see the joy on children’s faces. November is a month of celebrations, too. We celebrate Veterans Day, showing kindness and love for those who have served in our armed forces. And of course, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Is it me, or do people seem to get even kinder around Thanksgiving?
For one, albeit brief, moment we pause to show kindness to others. We’re more aware of those who are without, so we give a little more, we do a little more, we do our very best to just play nice with everyone! One of the best things we can do for folks is to just be kind to them. Kindness is a form of hospitality. And God is big on hospitality!
“The word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying: Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.”
The Israelites failed in this simple act, time and time again. And it cost them dearly. May we learn a lesson from our spiritual ancestors and intentionally show kindness and hospitality to all we encounter. After all, you never who you’re blessing…
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Join us online this Sunday at 10:00am, as we get a word from the Lord from Pastor Rocky Marlowe on “Not so Random Acts!” You can worship with us at www.umcgt.org.
On a final note, the kindness of the people of Green Trails Church continues to bless many. Whether it’s the Porch Drop ministry or tending to the needs of a sick church member, or something as simple as turning in a pledge card. I just have one thing to say - Your kindness is showing! Please know that you can continue to mail your pledge cards or drop them by the church office, and we will definitely give thanks for each and every one of them. To God be the glory for the great (and kind) things He has done!