Acts of Kindness

by Karen Knudtson, posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Perhaps there is no more dangerous place for a Christian to be than in the safety and comfort, detached from the suffering of others. -Shane Claiborne

In my early twenties Deacon Dave and I were influenced by a movement called Vineyard Christian Fellowship and we were fortunate enough to sit under the teachings of John Wimber. He spoke about poverty and suffering often and his sermons had a profound impact on the both of us. Suffering is a subject that makes many of us feel uncomfortable. Yet in the welcoming of strangers we are told, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13.2

I don’t know how you can separate out the Christian message from suffering and poverty. Yet, we do it all the time. I know what’s it’s like to live in my suburban home and ignore the suffering of others. At times, I choose not to look because it’s too uncomfortable to turn towards the pain. Living downtown has taught me that even though I feel incapable of the task, I cannot be detached from the suffering of others. I am learning that I can live in my uncomfortableness for the sake of others. I have also learned that my faith is not just for Sunday mornings but for the whole of my life. The Creator lives amongst a warm smile, a kind gesture, and the exchange of the sacred between souls.

“If we serve Jesus then every act & thought has meaning. Acts of kindness aren’t just niceties, they become acts of worship..”  -John Wimber