Day 6
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Scripture
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. — Galatians 6:2

Wisdom
Christianity responds to the dilemma of what to do with our suffering, of what to do with our violence and division, with acts of loving-kindness.This is our big idea. Kindness. Kindness and grace overcome violence and division. Kindness can transcend division, sometimes by taking into itself this suffering. Kindness is more than just do-goodery, which has some value of course, in that it can help relieve suffering. But it can also be about the salving of our own conscience. Kindness is never naive about how the world is. It is a choice to love in the face of division. Kindness is courage lived out. Maya Angelou said, ‘have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.’ Kindness subverts traditional divisions by bringing in those who everyone else seeks to keep out, and reaches out to those who others wish to keep at arms’ length. Kindness is never constrained by the rules. Kindness changes the rules. And laws. Kindness acts for the benefit of others and never for ourselves or our institutions or organizations. Kindness sees beyond divisions of ethnicity or politics or religion and finds the common good through service. —Pádraig Ó Tuama and Glenn Jordan, Borders and Belonging: The Book of Ruth, A Story for our Times

Prayer
Christ who teaches us to carry one another’s burdens, may we choose again today to love with kindness, live for others, and see beyond every division so that your kingdom, presence, and promises might be revealed. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster