Acts of Kindness

 
Kindness Update Pastor Nels reminded us in his Pentecost Sunday sermon of how exciting it is to celebrate the birth of the Church with the coming of the Holy Spirit! He shared that the enthusiasm experienced then is derived from the Greek word meaning “God within us”. As he spoke of the fruits of the Spirit, there we find Kindness, and it’s reassuring to know that this God-given fruit is something we all have within us, and what’s even better, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us to do kind acts for one another! Even as we continue practicing social distancing and other necessary practices with regard to the pandemic, we have been guided by the Holy Spirit to spread many seeds of kindness.
 
Have you seen God today? If you see God at work this week, there are two ways you can share what you saw!
1) Be a blessing to others by sharing your Act of Kindness (no names please) below. Then check back each week to learn how others are passing on acts of kindness.
2) There is a Kindness box in the library on the window sill, along with paper and pencil. Share your God-Wink, perhaps someone else will be inspired!
 
Responses submitted will be shared here on our website and in our weekly email newsletter the “BLAST”.
 

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The staff at The McCormick Messenger have continued to be the recipients of Acts of Kindness from friends. Recently, someone purchased paper towels, a precious commodity during this pandemic, and brought them by the office.
 
I experienced a restaurant waitress sharing her faith with a customer who is caregiver for her aging Mom who has dementia. The waitress kindly shared her similar experience and she encouraged the customer by telling her that God is with her and will help her get through her struggles.
 
In speaking with a family member recently, I was surprised to hear her say that her next-door neighbor had come over and mowed her yard which took several hours – this was the same neighbor who previously she often spoke of with words that were not so endearing.. It felt good to realize the pandemic has affected both of their hearts in a positive way!
 
A group of our “church ladies” are putting together bags filled with articles of necessity for some less fortunate friends. Two other ladies from the church have agreed to make and donate 18 face masks, and a donor who has a large commercial cleaning business has contributed bottles of hand sanitizer, Lysol spray, toilet paper, and paper towels! May God richly bless these friends for their unselfish and generous acts of kindness to this project!
 
I was leaving the grocery store struggling with 3 heavy bags of groceries. All of a sudden a woman appeared beside me and said, “Let me help you with those”. She took a bag and opened my car door for me. I feel sure she had a wonderful smile, but I couldn’t tell because of her mask.
 
I would like to call attention to the actions of those persons who organized and participated in drive by parades to honor students whose school year studies and activities were interrupted for the year and the residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes with most compromised health circumstances who have been cut off from family and friends. They should not go unnoticed as we seek beautiful acts of kindness!
 
The McCormick Messenger had a kind person drop doughnuts by the office several times for staff to enjoy during Pay It Forward Week!
 
My Mother’s Day was blessed to receive a Mother’s Day greeting by phone from a friend whose Mother has been deceased for a number of years – one would think it should be I who called my friend who lives alone but instead I received a blessing by his beautiful Act of Kindness!
 
I mentioned to a friend that the store was out of popcorn. Guess what showed up in my mailbox the next day! It sure made me feel that I wanted to ‘pay it forward”. So I called a friend who is quarantined and asked if she needed groceries… she did!
 
Our Pay It Forward Day began with a telephone call from one of our nice neighbors letting us know he and his wife are enjoying seeing our Faith Over Fear cross in our front yard. He also let us know they have an early Greek Christian sign of the fish in their front yard, so we are going to be sure to check it out!
 
I anonymously remembered an old friend in a special way on Pay It Forward Day as that day – April 28 – was also her birthday!
Community and neighbors checking up on those around them and performing small acts of kindness for them whether asked or by discerning a need.
 
Sacrificial act of kindness — a granddaughter in Florida sent her grandmother in SC – by special delivery mail – a 12 count big roll package of Angel Soft toilet tissue because she knew her grandmother had found only empty shelves for over 4 weeks and was nearly out.
 
I received a message from a cousin that when she read her Upper Room devotional she thought of me and said a prayer for me. The fact that she did that was an act of kindness in itself, but her message to let me know it made it even more special to me! She also sang praises for the committee at her church who delivers the Upper Room to her home – another acknowledged act of kindness!
 
Visited a friend of mine today who doesn’t have much time left. This will probably be the last time we get to visit. We had such a great time talking old memories. We both felt blessed. I’m so glad I visited. We sat far apart on a porch and sent a virtual hug. It’s hard seeing those that are suffering or dying but worth it for you and that person.
 

I made phone calls to a couple of mentally challenged ladies who live alone to be sure they were ok during our current pandemic. My faith was strengthened to realize how strong their faiths are!

At the post office this morning, a kind stranger opened the door for me. When I thanked him, he replied “Remember God loves you and He is with you”. I responded with an “Amen”! His message sounds like a good one to “pay forward” to others on Pay It Forward Day or on any and every day!
 
I had been given a baby afghan blanket to “finish” by a widower who found it in his departed wife’s projects. He wanted to give it to a relative who was about to give birth. It didn’t really need much work … except to redo the ‘casting off’ row which was too tight. That was a task beyond me (VERY small needles needed!) but I called a friend who knits. She said — bring it to me and I will redo it for you! She did … and sewed the “Made by …” tag on it too. Now the afghan is done and the widower can give it to that family member as a special gift from his departed wife. Such a kind thing she did for me. Thank you, God, for friends with talented, willing hands.
 
It was shared with me by a friend today that once a week she and her husband order dinner from a different place to help out the small businesses. What a great idea. If we all do that we can make a difference.
 
After shopping for my groceries and going through the checkout line, a young man in uniform directed me to get in front of him. I thanked him kindly. When I began to pay, this same kind young man, told the cashier to put my total on his check. How thankful I was that kindness still prevails in this world!
 
At the Burger King drive-thru today, I was informed that the person in the vehicle in front of me had paid for my meal! So, I paid it forward by paying for the meal of the person in the vehicle behind me! I would like to think this chain might have continued since the line was wrapped around the building, but regardless of that, my heart sure was warmed by the act of kindness of the person in front of me!
 
Checking out at the food store, I encountered the teenaged clerk that I prayed with at her request a few days before. She indicated her evening had gone well following our prayer – Praise God, and may He continue to bless that young lady!
 
Today I went to a lady’s house to get a mask of which she’d made hundreds. She also gave me a small bouquet of tulips. She must have known I needed an extra boost. Now there’s a lady who addresses the bigger needs as well as small kindnesses.
 
A little nine year old boy wanted to help out during this bad time. He sold his comic book collection for some money. He donated his $9.00 to a local hospital. I think we’ll see many acts of kindness and generosity during this young man’s life.
 
I found out a neighbor had no hand sanitizers, gloves, or masks, and having spent the day cleaning out my bathroom closet I shared my “treasures” I had found.
 
Checking out at a food store the other day, I had an unusual occurrence. The teen-aged clerk asked me if I pray. When I told her “yes”, she asked if I would pray with her, so we prayed softly and briefly for her to have strength to deal with whatever was troubling her. She thanked me, and I left with my groceries. How beautiful to see God at work in the lives of young people!
 
It’s beautiful to see all the acts of kindness going around during this desperate time. Teachers reaching out to help students at home; people calling and sending cards to shut ins and asking if they need anything; I could go on and on.
 
On March 20 and 21, my daughter and grandchildren joined their neighbors who were looking for something to do that’s safe and gets them out of the house during this time of pandemic restrictions. They went outside and wrote uplifting messages and drawings on their sidewalks with colorful sidewalk chalk. Later they took a walk to see what their other neighbors had created on the sidewalk! It is hoped that others will become Chalkers, spread some kindness, and Chalk their Walks!
 
I have been so touched by those giving me a call saying they have to go into town and do I need anything. I have to go into town on Monday and have called others to see what they may need.
 
In the check-out line at the store, I overheard a customer compliment the clerk as she was checking out on how well stocked the store was.
 
I observed a young child holding the door open for her mother as they were leaving the store, then she held the door open for me!
 
I saw a chain reaction of kindness in my neighborhood when I observed a man who cut the lawn of his neighbor (a disabled veteran). While he was doing that, another of his neighbors came over and edged his yard!
 
Some years ago I started a practice of not re-claiming my quarter at Aldi’s when I return my shopping cart – I simply put the cart back into the stall behind the other carts, ready for the next shopper to pull out for use without having to insert a coin. In a hurry the other day, and without a quarter, I found the next available cart had been left ready to use with no coin insert needed! I hope that my very tiny gesture might have made someone else’s day the way someone else’s did mine that day!
 
I observed the generosity and kindness of a man who gave a $40 tip to a waitress who went out of her way to show extra special kindness to a special needs customer.
 
I had someone tell me recently that something I said to her years ago changed the way she looked at and lived her life. You never know what small thing you say or do can make such a difference.
 
Saw a woman struggling with the pumps at the “new” gas station and a teenager driving by on a bike stopped to help her…..
 
McCormick Girl Scouts want to thank the ladies of MUMC for a fun meeting mixing, rolling and cutting out dog biscuits – the Scouts will spread the kindness when they deliver the treats to the Humane Society….
 
Taking a friend that is ill to lunch….
 
Took my hairdresser a casserole so she wouldn’t have to cook when she got home….
 
A very special lady purchased dinner for the McCormick Men’s Basketball Team at Texas Roadhouse…