Telling the Truth

connecting the dots of my life

Tag: Kindness

There’s a chill in the air

There’s a chill in the air
Along the road that leads me
home to the river

Raucous jays and crows
Scream at each other
Without a message that matters

Noisy cars take the quickest
Route to the freeway
Fuming their way through lazy detours

Happiness isn’t on the rise
Neither is patience or understanding
Or ears willing to stop and listen

Still, my heart is at peace
Knowing my end is sooner
Rather than later

Body and heart melt with relief
Releasing things I no longer need
To prove that I was here

I’m not there yet. I am, however, shifting gears yet again. Letting go of things that weigh me down. Things like more books, more unused kitchen utensils, more old clothes, and (especially) the amount I can do in any one day.

My health is (so I’m told) excellent “for my age.” A loaded message, indeed. My feet would not agree with this cheery news. Still, I don’t have any reason to complain—except when I’ve done myself in or feel particularly lonely. A strange experience for an introvert.

The photo at the top, taken this morning, has nothing to do with this post. Except for this.

Every day of his relatively short cat-life, Smudge just keeps going. Purring. Practicing his ‘race up the stairs and tear around the corner in hunt mode’ moves. Playing in a favorite cardboard box. Sitting on my lap asleep, or stretching out on our bed for a midday snooze.

I want to be so carefree and generally kindhearted, no matter how much I get done. How about you?

Thanks for stopping by!
Elouise

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 12 May 2021
Photo of Smudge taken by ERFraser, 12 May 2021

Discovering the Road to….

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Rita!

Last June I was newly freed of jaw wires, scraping the bottom of my barrel called Energy, frantic to stop my weight loss.

I’m not normally a quick convert to programs described in NYTimes Bestseller Books. But this time I was out of solutions. So I cast myself upon simple yet stringent requirements for Turning My Life Around, as prescribed in one of those NYT BBs.

Every morning, without fail, follow this simple discipline. Read the rest of this entry »

Life Rearranged | A Dream

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My dream, right before waking this morning:

I’ve just arrived at the home of a woman I met somewhere but don’t yet know. She invited me to come and see her. I brought along a few things to show her and talk about—though she didn’t say exactly why she wanted me to visit. Read the rest of this entry »

Birthday Gifts for Jesus | from Diane

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It’s Christmastime 1995, just days before Diane received her ALS diagnosis. She’s already challenged because of unexplained muscle loss.

When I transcribed this children’s sermon I was surprised to hear the words she whispered at the end, right after her children’s prayer. The microphone was still turned on. I could hear that she already needed some of that kindness and extra help she just talked about. A telling moment.

17 December 1995
You can see I’ve got my bag here that says I’ve been doing heavy-duty Christmas shopping! Actually some of it isn’t just for Christmas. You might call it birthday shopping.

Is there somebody’s birthday on Christmas?  Whose?  Oh, yes, it’s Jesus’ birthday! I was just testing to see if you remembered.

So I did some birthday shopping for Jesus.  Let me show you what I got.

  • Here’s one of the items–a box of Cheerios.  Ever seen one of those?  Do you want one of those under your Christmas tree?
  • Let’s see something else. Here’s a jar of peanut butter.  Peanut butter?  Uh….
  • Let’s see. Sugary Sam Golden Yams!  Mmm.  A can of yams!  I can tell you love ‘em.
  • And some cornmeal?
  • Now this one I do like!  Instant oatmeal.  This is the creamy variety.  That’s the kind I like.

So that was some birthday shopping for Jesus! Of course Jesus really doesn’t need to come and eat any of this.

But he told us in the Bible that if we do a kind thing for someone who needs it–if we provide food for someone who doesn’t have enough food, or–I could have bought some clothes, because he said if we provide clothes for people who don’t have warm clothes, or don’t have the clothes they need–If we do it for someone else who needs it, it’s the same as doing it for him!

How about that?  If I want to buy gifts for Jesus, all I need to do is go get some gifts, and give them to somebody who needs them!  Or even show some kindness to someone who needs a little kindness.

There’s one other thing down here in the bag. One of these. You know what it is? That’s one of our Christmas offering envelopes that we use for giving a missionary offering.  That’s another way to give a gift to Jesus.

Why? Because the kindest thing we can do for another person is to make sure they know about Jesus, and his love for them.  And that’s a birthday gift for Jesus, too!

In a couple of weeks we’re going to collect more food for folks in our area who might need some. So I brought these things today, and I’ll make sure they get in with all the food others will bring. Maybe some of you will, too.

Did you know we can give gifts to Jesus all year round in this way? You do? Good!

I like having this really neat way to give Jesus gifts for his birthday! Some of you already brought Christmas gifts that went to a children’s Bible club yesterday. That’s another way of giving gifts to Jesus this Christmas.

Of course I’m doing shopping for my family, too. They don’t have to worry!

But here’s my point. Let’s be sure to include some shopping for Jesus. Not just for our families. We can give food or clothing or even kindness to someone who needs it. Let’s pray together.

Thank you, Jesus, that you’ve told us a good way to give you gifts that show our love for you.  We pray that at this special time of year and the rest of the year we’ll remember to do kind things and give food and clothes to other people because we love you, and want to please you. And we pray that because we do those things, more people will know that you love them, too. These things we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

[Whispered into the mic, as Diane is getting up from the platform stairs: “I’ve got my helper!  Thank you.” Diane’s helper was either her husband, who was almost always with her on Sundays, or a staff member or friend who’d agreed to help her stand up after the children’s sermon.]

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 29 August 2015
Image from aliexpress.com

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