I am a slow reader. Maybe it is the artist part of my brain that likes to picture everything I am reading. I can see the characters and it takes me time to get to know them and hear their voices in my head. This morning, I sat glued to my kitchen chair, not able to attend to anything but finishing my summer read titled “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. The story takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960’s. The “Help” are the black women who worked as maids for the white women of the south. It is a powerful story of how far we have come in the last 40 years.

I was a little sad when I turned the last page. I felt as though I had grown to love the ladies of the story and had come to look forward to my daily walk with them. Their stories and wisdom had become a part of me. One of my favorite quotes that made me stop and say a silent “amen” is when Aibileen says to Minny: “All I'm saying is, kindness don't have no boundaries." Now that is the gospel truth isn’t it?!

It seems we are in another ugly election climate with strong opinions on both sides of every issue. The lines in the sand are being drawn. Sharing my beliefs and opinions is important, but it also makes me weary. Standing strong is hard. The women of “The Help” illustrated that very well. But they also showed how a little kindness and understanding can be the very tools you need to change the world.

There is another book that I like to read and walk with the characters daily; The Bible. It gives me all the tools I need to change the world one kindness at a time.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (emphasis and italics mine)
23 This is what the LORD says:
"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
24 but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,"
declares the LORD.

Abba, Thank-you for the ancient & modern stories that reveal your truth. May we find ourselves lost in the pages of your word. May the wisdoms you share become a part of our being so that we may boast that we know you and take delight in your kindness, justice and righteousness. Amen

Julie Weldon

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