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Meditations on Practicing Kindness

Meditations on Practicing Kindness ~ Mary Zigan

Kindness is caring for others, even when they may not care for you. 

The act of kindness is often its own reward.

Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, listen with patience and act with compassion.

Kindness can make a bad day good, and a good day better.

Kindness is a powerful reminder that behind all the negativity and malice, there lies goodness that has the power to change the world.

 Be kind to others. Your random act of kindness might become someone’s best lifetime memory.

 Sometimes, a single random act of kindness can become the spark that ignites a revolution.

 Kindness is never wasted. Kindness always makes a difference, blessing the one who receives it, and the giver.

The Best Rice Pudding

The Best Rice Pudding

Ingredients Bake in a 350 ◦oven 

1 cup rice, cooked

½ cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

2 cups whole milk or one cup whole milk and one cup half & half (depending how rich you want the custard

¼ cup raisins, optional

Salt to taste and 1 teas. Vanilla 

Preparation

In a two quart casserole dish, beat the two eggs with a whisk

Add the sugar and whisk some more

Add the rice and stir it so there are no clumps of rice 

Add a pinch of salt and vanilla and raisins

Set the casserole dish in a pan larger than the dish. The pan should have two inch sides to hold one inch of hot water. Add the hot water carefully into the large pan. Bake for 55 minutes

Enjoy

Has Kindness Become a Thing of the Past?

Has Kindness Become a Thing of the Past?   By Sharon Sheppard

Last June, summer surely didn’t look like it was going to be much fun for 

3-year-old Quinn Waters. After receiving treatment for brain cancer that temporarily wiped out his natural immunity, his doctors said he couldn’t go outdoors for three whole months.

But then a wonderful thing happened. Friends, relatives, and complete strangers starting showing up outside his window to create spontaneous entertainment for little Quinn. 

Two of Quinn’s uncles staged a water fight outside his window. Local police and firefighters put on a show for him that included police cars and red firetrucks driving past with engines roaring and sirens screaming.

During the weeks that followed, the punk band Dropkick Murphys stopped by to perform. Later, others showed up to read stories, juggle, sing, and do their very best to lift this little boy’s spirits and keep him entertained. His summer turned out to be anything but boring.

Quinn’s dad, Jarlath Waters, said, “We opened the window, and the world showed up.”

At a time when conversations often turn to less upbeat topics ranging from Congress to climate control to cyberbullying, it’s refreshing to know that not everyone has forgotten how to show compassion.

Our “Fruit of the Month” is KINDNESS, and it can be surprisingly easy to extend it to others who may desperately need some encouragement. It doesn’t always have to take a lot of time, money, or effort to help someone feel happy, appreciated, or encouraged. A compliment to a store clerk, a thank you note telling a neighbor or lonely relative or an overworked teacher how much you appreciate them can mean more than an expensive gift.

The Bible tells us we should “. . . Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32 TLB)

Let’s “Just Do It!”