There is so much bad news—just listen to the news or read a paper. Yes, there is so much bad news. So I especially love to hear good news stories of individuals helping other individuals.
Proverbs 17:7 says, “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.” I love the following two short stories of friends loving and sharing the adversity of others.
First, Linda Jameson shares loving care given to her husband. Linda’s story is found in the book, The Miracle of Kindness by Jim Kok. Jim received many acts of kindness during his battle with cancer. The one that stood out was the dedication of two members of our class, Earl Howe and Bill Bryant. Every Friday after Jim was on Hospice, without fail, they would come over and take Jim to lunch, wheelchair and all. When Jim could no longer accompany them, they would bring lunch to the house. When he could no longer eat, they would sit and talk with him. When he could no longer talk, they would sit and talk to each other and shoo me out for some time by myself. Although Jim couldn’t speak near the end, he knew they were there with him.
Reflection: These friends loved and kept on loving their friend, Jim.
The next story is from my friend, Pat, who had abdominal cancer.
“After abdominal surgery, I returned home and was not allowed to drive for six weeks. Knowing how confining that would be for me, my friends made sure I was “out and about” every day of those six weeks.”
Often when a person has a long-term illness, cards and phone calls become less frequent as time passes. However, one friend has continued to remember me with a postcard every day (322 cards so far!). The postcards have an encouraging word, a humorous saying, or words of wisdom that challenge me and give me hope. I have been deeply touched by such long-term care.
Proverbs 17:7 says, “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.”
Please send me your good news stories at firstname.lastname@example.org of individuals helping other individuals. Maybe we can start a “Kindness Revolution.”
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