Try A Lot of Kindness

By Sara Anderson

Bristol Blog Twin TowersThere’s a lot of dark news on television, the internet and newspapers these days.  Sometimes I would like to crawl into bed and pull the quilt over my head.  But then I see grace-filled news about the kindness of ordinary people, which is heart-warming. Here’s a sampling:

A woman’s husband collapses while mowing grass. After he has safely been taken to the hospital, one of the firemen comes back to finish mowing the lawn.

An eight-year old girl hears that a veteran needs a service dog to assist him with his Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.  She begins to raise money and enlist others to help.  The vet now has his service dog.

A woman in New York City found a wedding picture in the rubble of the World Trade Center.  For 13 years she had been trying to find the owner of that photo.  She and one of the men in the photograph (a member of the wedding party who had placed the picture on his desk in one of the Twin Towers) were on television this morning.  He said that on September 11, we saw the worst of humanity. On September 12, we saw the best of humanity; the woman determined to find the photo’s owner represents the best of humanity.

To my thinking, it is all grace.  I don’t know if any of these people were believers, but I do believe that God uses unexpected circumstances and ordinary people to demonstrate His grace in our fallen world. We don’t have to be heroic with a capital “H”.  We simply need to let God’s grace flow through us.


Sara Anderson
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Sara Anderson

Sara Anderson

Sara substitutes for Sunday school teachers and helps direct the prayer ministry. She grew up in a small Methodist Church and serves on the boards of The Institute on Religion and Democracy and Good News.
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