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Acts of Kindness

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

“Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:16-17)

These verses are from the Gospel story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. This is something that the lowest of the slaves would have been responsible for doing. But the Lord says, “If I wash your feet, then you also should wash another’s feet.” This to me is an act of kindness, and Jesus is saying that we should give acts of kindness to others in our lives. It should not matter who they are or what they are able to do for us in return.

Try to think of a time when someone you didn’t know did something helpful for you. I’m remembering someone helping me to find my way to a hospital cafeteria during my mom’s surgery. I also recall my son riding his bike at daycare one morning. While he was there his chain fell off. (It was always falling off and needing to be put back on). Another child’s father was there. He saw the chain and went to his truck to get some tools to fix it. My son was so happy, and I was so grateful to that father.

There are so many ways that we can help each other out, whether it is holding a door for someone, giving directions or simply listening. Christ is saying that none of us is greater than the other. We should gladly help each other.

Caring Lord,

You have done so much for us.

Teach us to follow Your example.

May we be servants to each other in Your name.


Amy Altman
Patient Services Specialist, Avera Medical Group Worthington

ACTS 13:13-25 ∙ PSLAM 89:2-3,21-22,25,27 ∙ JOHN 13:16-20

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