Thought for the Day: Is kindness the opposite of oppression? I don’t know if kindness by itself has the power to overcome oppression, but it is better than doing nothing. If you’re like me, there are times when I can become overwhelmed by the immensity of the problems facing us. We become incapacitated when we’ve convinced ourselves that our little contribution will make no difference. Oppression, specifically systemic oppression, does not change overnight or with a handful of people acting with kindness. At the same time, enough single acts of kindness will eventually bring change. There is a tipping point at which a sudden and dramatic change will occur. Often, no one really saw it coming. It happened because one more person did their little part, and it was added to the acts of kindness by many others. And as a final word of encouragement, kindness toward someone in need is one of the best ways of honoring God. You can’t go wrong with that.
Prayer: O Maker of Heaven and Earth, continue to encourage us to act with kindness in this world. At times it can feel as if it is making absolutely no impact on the real problems. Yet at the end of the day, you called us to act with kindness and not to choose kindness only if we thought it would make a big enough difference. Keep leading us in the right direction. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge