Today at St Aidan’s
730 pm Book Parley
at Crossings Pub
December 3, 2018
Advent Act of Kindness
Start a conversation with a stranger
For some of you this will not seem like a big deal.
For others this will be a terrifying proposition.
Either way it’s an important Advent Act of Kindness.
Whether this is easy or difficult for you, please
remember that it may be a difference maker for the
person with whom you start the conversation.
Don’t cheap out in this one.
Simply saying hello to the cashier as you pay for your
groceries does not pass for a conversation.
For inspiration, consider some of the conversations
Jesus started with strangers.
Two in particular come to my mind.
His encounter with Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
and his meeting of the Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4).
In each case, his willingness to speak with the stranger makes for life changing moments.
Luke 19:1-10 Common English Bible (CEB)
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through town. A man there named
Zacchaeus, a ruler among tax collectors, was rich. He was trying to see who
Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn’t because of the crowd. So he
ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was
about to pass that way. When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said,
“Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today.” So
Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus.
Everyone who saw this grumbled, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a
sinner.” Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of
my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four
times as much.” Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this
household because he too is a son of Abraham. The Human One came to
seek and save the lost.”