“The kind word spoken today may bear its fruit tomorrow.”
Whether or not kind words bear fruit depends not only on the speaking—planting—of these words, but also on the ability of those to whom they are spoken to receive them, and to incorporate them into their lives in such a way that they bear the fruit of kindness for others to experience.
I do not believe God expects us to determine the ability of others to receive our kind words—and deeds. We continue to sow kindness through our words and deeds, and leave the growth process to the spirit of God.
We do, however, have the capacity to “till the soil” of our own inner lives through practices such as prayer, meditation, study, and communal worship. As we continue to till the soil of our inner lives, we are better able to receive the kind words and deeds of others, and allow the spirit of God within us to transform those words and deeds into a harvest of kindness in our lives that we, in turn, share with others.
May we open our hearts, our minds, and our hands so that we might both give and receive kind words and deeds in such a way that, together, we produce a bountiful harvest of God’s love, grace, and peace in our world.
Amen and amen,
Holy Covenant MCC, Brookfield, IL
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