Thursday, August 3, 2017

A dear friend and former colleague in San Diego, Allisyn Thomas, has adopted a novel spiritual discipline. Each day she posts on Facebook an act of kindness that she has either witnessed or received. She has been doing this for a few months and she never seems to want for material. I find myself looking forward to her posts and anticipating a spark of joy.

I sense that Allisyn’s spiritual discipline makes her aware of kindness that already exists all around. Because she is looking for it, she is seeing it. And because she is sharing these observations, I find myself looking around for kindness and seeing it abundantly. As new students and their families arrive this week, we see much kindness: folks toting heavy boxes for weary travelers, some helpful advice given, directions and recommendations for shopping offered. And speaking of kindness in this time of transition, Rachel Holm deserves a great “thank you” for all her hard work in admissions, financial aid and housing. Thank you for being kind and hospitable to those joining or community.

The weeks ahead will be full of tasks, stress, new things, and demands. Perhaps, this kindness lens can be a gracious gift to us all. Looking for kindness can be a gateway to healthy and holy community. After all, Scripture reminds us that we are “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly your God.

The Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes
Associate Dean of Students
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