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March 7, 2014, 12:37 PM


Right now I am sitting in a classroom at Platte Woods United Methodist Church in Platte Woods, MO.  The rest of my class and the others here are downstairs in the basement having lunch.  I am in prayer and study.  It is quiet except for what I hope is heat blowing through the vents.  Our teacher read us prayer for lunch and it is a prayer I think we can all appreciate.  I will share it here and through email next week.  

Perhaps because of this prayer, I began thinking about how we are  all praying for each other this year.  I hope you are continuing to pray each day for your persons or families.  I have been so blessed to pray for each one I was given.  Some of those I am praying for don't even know that I am but others do because I am trying to send out cards every week to a few people.  I enjoy sending out cards almost as much as I enjoy receiving them.  I think of them as simple acts of kindness.  Sometimes I am sure God gives me people to send cards to because I have heard how receiving one came at just the right time.  

I wonder what simple act of kindness each one of us might do during Lent.  Pay for a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line, smile at the person who has a frown on their face, say hello to someone you never spoke to before, etc.

Our journey in Lent gives a chance to be closer to God.  Be willing to take a chance.


03-08-2014 at 8:52 PM
I applaud you for your lenten discipline! I know you will be not only successful, but your relationship with God will be so much stronger.

Regarding the 'simple acts of kindness comment,' I was reminded of a very nice lady at the Washington DC airport who asked if she could help me figure out the self-checkin machine. In return, I asked her if she would like my subway fare card, "which might have $3+ on it--maybe less." She teared up and stated that was the nicest thing anybody had done for her in a long time. I then also teared up because I was reminded that God puts me in situations ALL THE TIME where people do nice things for me. So I am committing to do a better job of being kind and showing God's love however I can. Those small acts of kindness may just be what makes a person's day!

Do well in your classes......
03-07-2014 at 1:58 PM
Betty Houten
Vonda, you are so special. I also pray for you and Tom.
It has been a pleasure having name to pray for daily. It certainly allows or makes me to be still and talk to God.
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