CBS News recently ran a story about a man named Dan Dewey. Dan got acquainted with cancer patients at a Royal Oaks, Michigan, hospital when his father was a patient there. His father quit coming seven years ago, but Dan still goes through the rooms there taking orders from the patients for cups of coffee. He generally pays for the coffee himself. To date he has spent over $10,000 of his own money on cups of coffee for patients. Sometimes others will help him with donations. He has since added another hospital to his coffee run. The hospital employees have noticed the joy people receive is not just from the coffee, but from the relationship.
With all the snow we in Maryland have received of late, we have the opportunity to show kindness to our neighbors by helping them clear off their sidewalks and driveways. One MABC member told me yesterday that after clearing the snow from the driveway of an unsaved neighbor, the man said to him, “Thank-you for being a blessing.” Especially at this time of the year, you have the opportunity to demonstrate God’s kindness to your neighbors. You, too, can be a blessing. Paul said, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness…” (Galatians 5:22)
(adapted from Preaching, January/February 2014, pp.12-13)
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