Can you think of a time when someone was really kind to you?
Was it something they did, said or thought?
How did this act of kindness make you feel?
Can you think of a time when you were really kind to someone? Think about it now - what was the look on their face when they realised what you had done for them?
I wonder how this made you feel?
There are many stories at the moment of people sharing kindness to those around them. I wonder what kind acts you have seen? I wonder if you have done anything kind for others?
Jesus told a story about kindness...
One day, a man set out to walk to Jericho. It was a long and dangerous journey. On the way, some robbers attacked him and took everything he had. They hurt him and left him lying on the ground. A priest came along. 'Oh dear', he thought, 'that man is hurt but I have important things to do for God so I can't help him.'
A little later, a lawyer came along. 'Oh dear,' he thought, 'that man is hurt but I have important things to do for God so I can't help him.'
A little later a man from Samaria came along. 'Oh dear,' he thought, 'that man is hurt but he is from a place where they don't like people from Samaria. I am going to help him.'
And that's just what he did. He took him to an inn and gave some money to the innkeeper
to feed and clothe the man until he was better.
'Now,' Jesus said, 'who really did something for God?'
In the time and place that this parable was told, it was not expected that this person, from that place, would be willing to help the beaten man lying helpless in the road!
How did the Samaritan show kindness to man attacked by robbers?
I wonder how the beaten man felt when the Samaritan helped him by showing kindness?
I wonder how he felt when the others walked past and ignored him?
What difference do you think this act of kindness meant to the beaten man? To the Samaritan?
Why do you think Jesus decided to tell this story?
Sometimes our acts of kindness however big or small can make a really big difference to someones life.
If you like you can pray this prayer...
Dear God, thank you for all those who are sharing kindness in our communities. Thank you for their acts of kindness, generosity and love. Help me to be kind through my words, actions and attitude. Thank you, God, for inspiring us to be kind through your love for the world. Amen.