Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
Some of the last words my grandfather said to me were:
Ke mo meleuaoch e diak mobes loltuchakl rar mengelakl leng diak el sebechem el di kau el otebedau ra beluu.
I asked him what he meant. He did not reply. He just smiled. I knew he wanted me to think about it, research and figure it out myself. He was a wonderful teacher. 🙂
He was talking about kindness, the highest form of intelligence.
Be kind to others for no one can carry her own body to the burial ground. Even in death we will need others to carry our lifeless body to the burial ground.
Some of the most beautiful acts of kindness that have changed millions of lives, including mine are:
Abraham welcomed angels to his home where he washed their feet and Sarah fed them. The LORD who was with them and blessed them with a promise of a son.
Eleazar was a runaway slave that Abraham welcomed into his camp, his tribe, who became his most trusted man. He’s the one who went to find a wife for his son, Isaac. He found a kind and generous woman to be Isaac’s wife. Rebecca.
Daughter of Pharaoh who recognized Moses as a Hebrew baby and still chose to take him to be her son. Moses was a type of Christ who delivered God’s people from bondage to freedom.
Rehab, A Canaanite woman living in Jericho, a prostitute who helped hide the two spies (Joshua 2) before they fought to take back the land God gave their forefathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). Rahab is one of the women in Jesus’s ancestry. (Matthew 1st chapter).
Jesus saw a funeral procession carrying a dead son of the widow from the town of Nain and was filled with compassion for her so he raised her son from the dead. (Luke 7:11-17)
Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry his cross up the hill to Golgatha. (Mark 15:22) Mel Gibson depicted him in the Passion of the Christ as one who was changed during the climb.
Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man, who gave his tomb for Jesus’s body to be buried in. (Matthew 15)
Mary, the mother of Jesus and other women washed Jesus’s body that was covered with blood and anointed him with oil, frankincense and myrrh and spices. Few days before his crucifixion, another woman poured expensive perfume on his head. That even while hanging on the cross he was emanating expensive fragrance. Calvary must have smelled beautiful amidst hate and chaos. That’s the fragrant heart of Jesus. That’s kindness.
Jesus in his kindness revolutionized women to a place of respect and honor so they followed him. We don’t have to be politically correct to be in that place where we can walk with him as women of faith. It’s all about Jesus, not us. He’s the hero of the story.
November 13 is the World’s Kindness Day – Save the Children