Moms with Cancer: Day Nine
By Niki Hardy
Her Facebook message was short, to the point and sent shivers down my spine. We’d always know it might happen but never really thought it would – her son’s brain tumor was growing and they needed to operate. I felt so helpless sitting there staring at my phone as I sipped my morning tea while she went to sleep on the opposite side of the world.
If you’re anything like me you feel helpless when someone else’s world spirals in the wrong direction. Either we have no idea what on earth to say, they live too far away for us to do anything helpful, or our own world is broken enough that the thought of being the glue in someone else’s is overwhelming.
I remember when I was in the thick of chemo, feeling as bouncy and chirpy as a week old helium balloon, and holed up in bed under the cover, when our neighbor made my husband Al, cry. He was standing in the kitchen in a rare moments silence when tears started streaming down his face. He’d got the kids up, made them breakfast, packed them off to school, and cleared the kitchen and was just taking a moment before he checked on me and headed into church when our neighbor walked up our drive pulling our trash can behind her. It was bin day as we’d say in England and in a small act of friendship as she walked her dog around the block she decided to wheel our bin up our drive to save Al the job.
That one small act of kindness broke through his holding it all together and showed him we aren’t alone, we are loved and cared for. One small act of kindness.
We might think we have nothing to offer but each of us has far more than we can ever imagine. What if we spread small acts of kindness with every smile, hug, prayer, text, or simply wheeling someone’s bin up their drive? We have the power to brighten someone else’s day at little cost to ourselves and as we do, we discover that as we give, it will be given to us, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, is poured into our lap (Luke 6:38)
You have something unique to offer, however small, that no one else can. You have something unique to receive that only God can give as you do.
How might you reach out today in small act of loving kindness today confident that no act of kindness, however small is wasted?