Proverbs 16:24 (NIV) says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” To offset cruel words and behavior, I clung to the honey-sweet words said to me. They were healing to the bones and gracious. They caused me to think: Perhaps we take each other for granted?
When was the last time you said something nice to your neighbor, barista, friend, family member, or co-worker? Did you tell your husband or wife how much you love and appreciate them? Have you told your pastor how much his words make a difference? Did you remember to thank that volunteer who always cleans the kitchen, but no one ever remembers her name? Words matter.
It meant something to me. Somehow the meanness I experienced stung less knowing others thought I mattered. So to you who were kind and caring….Thank you.
Salvation Army Band (Photo credit: danperry.com)
Will you join us as we, once again, surprise the Salvation Army Bell Ringers with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate? Try to do it anonymously. Most restaurants are more than happy to deliver the cup to their bell ringer. It helps them feel a part of encouraging someone they don’t know.
Snow whitened the surrounding mountains, and covered the grass in clumps. I walked with a spring in my step and money in my purse. The air turned my cheeks red. My scarf was wont to fall from my neck and my gloves kept my fingers warm. I was Christmas shopping. I love Christmas shopping. The decorations hang everywhere and the month feels special. It’s the only month where I have permission to spend money on fun things for the people I love.
As I turned to walk into the Bashford Mall, a Salvation Army man rang his bell next to the Prescott General Store. He wore a wide smile as if his job weren’t tedious, but something worth working for, and immediately I wanted to do something for him. After buying the gift, I ran upstairs to the chocolate shop. I knew they sold hot chocolate for only a dollar a cup. I bought him a cup and hurried outside hoping he hadn’t left on lunch break and handed him the cup.
I said, “Merry Christmas!”
He looked pleasantly surprised as he took the hot chocolate. He thanked me profusely.
This happened last year. This year I would like to challenge everyone to do a flash mob of kindness and buy Salvation Army bell ringers a cup of hot chocolate or coffee all through the month. Show them the light of the Lord as they collect money and stand in the freezing cold. If you did that, please post a comment here. Let me know.
Let’s unwrap Jesus together.