PRAYER FOR APRIL
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth;
knit my heart to you that I may fear your name.
I will thank you, O Lord my God,
with all my heart, and glorify your name for evermore.
For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a band of violent men seeks my life;
they have not set you before their eyes.
But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion,
slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
Recently Rev Bob's sermons have included themes of 'little acts of kindness' and how you may never know how far kind acts you do will ultimately reach.
A member of our congregational family suggested sharing this poem by Jim Yerman as a beautiful analogy of 'little acts of kindness'.
Fishing with my Dad
I was fishing with my Dad one day, sitting on the shore
I can't remember, was it the fishing or the sitting I liked more?
When Dad handed me a little stone and said, "Give this rock a throw,
toss it in the lake and lets see where the ripples go".
When it broke the surface the water immediately began to shake
and before I knew it, those ripples had spread out across the lake.
"Kindness is like that pebble" he said "For every act of kindness that you throw
will ripple out in all directions, you never know how far they go.
And as you watch the ripples spread out, this is also true;
some of the ripples from that kindness will ripple back to you".
We both went back to fishing, sitting on the shore, now I remember:
it wasn't the fishing, it was the sitting I liked more.
by Jim Yerman
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