Encouragement for the Journey 28 / 10 / 21

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Encouragement for the Journey 28 / 10 / 21

Encouragement for the Journey†

Greetings fellow traveller,†

While you are reading this here at St Aidans a team from our community under Mary’s leadership is at North Shore Hospital. They are quietly taking patients from the wards to the chapel on the ground floor for the Sunday chapel service. We undertake this act of kindness and service twice a year. Who knows what a difference this will make in the lives of patients, staff and our team members?

Making a difference for good is an essential aspect of our community life and mission. Thinking about making a difference, I am reminded of the mnemonic ARK; which stands for Acts of Random Kindness.†

Each day, in some way we each have an opportunity to practice ARK. Because we are all different we will do this in a myriad of different ways and expressions.

Sometimes an ARK is offered at unpredictable moments, in ways which are not prep – planed, while at other times, we purposely plan and consider offering an Act of Random Kindness.†

I am unable to give a definitive list of these Acts of Random Kindness because it is difficult to fully catalogue such acts. I leave you to consider, what is your next step to be, as a giver of an ARK?

I found this poem KINDNESS by Naomi Shihab Nye. I offer it to you:

Then it is kindness that makes sense anymore,

Only kindness that ties your shoes

and sends you out into the day to mail

letters and purchase bread,

only kindness that raises its head

from the crowd of the world to say

It is I you have been looking for,

and then goes with you everywhere

Like a shadow or a friend.

Meanwhile peace in our ARK