Try A Little Kindness

Today is Palm Sunday, the tenth of April, 2022, in the sixth week of Lent. This is also known as Holy Week.

May the peace of Christ reign in your heart.

Day 23,404

We are getting ready to head to Mineral Wells, to attend the Palm Sunday service at FBC. They are presenting their Easter music, this morning. If it is anything like the Christmas program from last year, it will be mostly participatory. And the worship leader has probably curated it, himself, rather than using a “canned” musical. This usually makes it more meaningful.

After church, we will grab some lunch somewhere and go back to Mama’s house for a while, and grab whatever we can fit in the back of the car, before heading back to Fort Worth.

Yesterday was a pretty awesome day, over all. We had a great visit with family member Lavelle Carlson, who is an author of children’s books. The main book featured in her book signing is Bee, Honey Bunny and Me: Yucky Yummy Carrots.

We chatted for quite a while, bought a couple of her books (along with about $100 worth of other items from the gift shop), and she signed them for us. Mama, S, and I were there, and, after lots of hugs, we departed there to head home, after grabbing Sonic drinks, of course.

While we were gone, Chip, S’s last gerbil, passed away. When we got back, after some tears were shed, S and C headed to the pet store. They came back with two guinea pigs, which, by the end of the night, had the names Princess and Stormy. There was a bit of stress during the evening, as the cage that was originally purchased for them was much too large for any space in the room. But C, being the angel she is, worked hard to rectify that situation. We will probably return the large cage this evening, if we get back from MW in time.

The Texas Rangers lost game 2, yesterday, 4-3, to the Blue Jays. The Red Sox also lost their second game, 4-2, to the Yankees. My teams are not off to a good start. But, it’s only two games. I’m not sure how long we keep saying that. Hahaha! Today, the Rangers and Blue Jays finish their series at 12:37 CDT, and the Red Sox and Yankees finish theirs at 6:08 CDT.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

"Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen."
(The Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday)

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.
(Proverbs 21:21 ESV)

Today I am grateful:

1. for Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, as we begin to follow Jesus's last week on earth
2. for the good day we had yesterday
3. for kindness; help me to spread more of it, as I walk through this life
4. for music that soothes the soul and helps us worship You
5. for the community of saints and the lives that we all share together

It is also day 100 of the year, and today’s prayer word is “kindness.” Now there is a word we cannot get enough of.

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” ~ Amelia Earhart

The reading gives the example of the tumbleweed, which, even though it is a dead plant, as it tumbles, regenerates itself by spreading seeds all over the place.

Kindness can be the same way. As we walk through God’s kingdom, we should be spreading seeds of kindness everywhere we go. As these seeds are received by people, hopefully they, in turn, will spread their own seeds of kindness. Even if some do not, the odds are that some of your kindness seeds will, indeed, fall on “fertile soil.”

I was immediately reminded of this song by Glen Campbell.

(From Pray a Word a Day)

And I am out of time. I must finish so I can get ready to go.

Father, forgive me for dawdling, this morning, and running out of time. As I walk through this day, and as I continue walking through my life in this world, in Your kingdom, may I be like the tumbleweed, spreading seeds of kindness everywhere I go. And may those seeds fall on fertile soil and spread even more kindness, because this world is in desperate need of kindness, these days.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, 
have mercy upon us.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.
O, Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,
grant us Your peace.
(Agnus Dei)

Grace and peace, friends.

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