Your kindness might be someone's answered prayers
LIFE'S ESSENCE - Katherine R. Oyson (The Freeman) - January 10, 2017 - 12:00am

Some of us might be hesitant to do some act of kindness or good deeds for one reason or another. Here’s a story I want to share with you by Kay Heitsch of “":

"As we drove slowly down the street on that cold December evening, we spotted the porch light. “This must be the house.” I told our “Positive Teens in Action” group. We pulled up in front of an older house with the porch light glowing. We gathered up our song books, walked up the steps, and knocked on the food. We heard a faint voice from inside say, “Come on in. The door is open.” We opened the door. There in a rocking chair sat an elderly woman with a big smile on her face. “I’ve been expecting you, “ she said weakly.

"Ruth was one of  our “Meals On Wheels Stops”  I had arranged, along with the usual church members who enjoyed carolers. We handed Ruth the basket of goodies the teens had assembled earlier that evening. Then I asked Ruth what carols she would like to hear. Ruth’s face was beaming as she joined in singing each song.

"As we hugged Ruth goodbye she said to me with tears glistening in her eyes, "The day you called I was still in bed. I had just finished praying. I asked God if it would be possible to have some Christmas carolers come to my house and sing this year. Thank you for being the answer to my Christmas prayer.” Wow! What an awesome experience to be of someone’s answered prayer.”

"A spiritual teacher once  said, “When you extend help to someone or of service to that person, it’s because you are the answer to his/her prayer.”

What kindness or good deeds can we show so we can be of someone’s answered prayer? Ann Curry of “” cites some ideas to help you spread kindness:

•Befriend the lonely person

•Compliment a stranger.

•Let the person who seems rushed cut in front of you.

•Hold your tongue. Pause before speaking or writing when you are mad, agitated or doubtful.

•Be empathetic. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.

•Be thoughtful. Did your co-worker have a bad day today? Bring her a coffee tomorrow.

•Hold the door for someone.

•Say “Thank you” a lot. Everyone works hard.  Thank everyone who makes your day.

•Give freely. Go through your things and give freely to those in need.

•Reach out to people who made a difference in your life.

•Call your parents and tell them you love them.

•Try to find goodness in the person you don’t like.

•Be kind to yourself. Make peace with your past mistakes Use that knowledge to help others who might be going through the same thing.

•Avoid gossip. No need to spread negativity.

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