Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Small Kindness, Steadfast Faith

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

Let your loving-kindness be my comfort,
   as you have promised to your servant.  Psalm 119:76

I am thankful that I no longer have to wrap myself against the biting cold as I leave the house in the morning. As I drive through the intersection, I wave to the crossing guard faithfully at her post. We are on a first name basis; year after year she has walked my daughters safely across the street.

All fall and winter, she and the others on other street corners have stood watch in the early morning hours. In bitter cold. In rain and snow. They have brought shovels from home and dug out paths in the mounds piled high by the plows. They have offered daily welcome to children and parents with warm smiles, greeting them by name.

Even as my daughters no longer need to be escorted across the street, these kindnesses, small and great, bring me comfort. I recognize the love of God: faithful in all climes, opening paths for me in difficult times, calling me by name.

copyright © Anne E. Kitch 2014