December 14, 2018
Advent Act of Kindness
Cook a little extra today. Consider
someone who could use a meal. Invite
them over, or surprise them and
deliver a plate to their home.
Let someone know that you care by offering a meal.
Some Advent Acts of Kindness involve food. I personally like to cook so these are in my wheelhouse. We all know people who spend too much time alone. To be clear, there are people who treasure solitude and order their lives accordingly. That’s not the target for
this act of kindness. We are invited to extend our tables to those for whom time alone is all too common and all to often are lonely.
Isaiah 58:6-12 – Common English Bible (CEB)
Isn’t this the fast I choose:
releasing wicked restraints, untying the ropes of a yoke,
setting free the mistreated and breaking every yoke?
Isn’t it sharing your bread with the hungry
and bringing the homeless poor into your house,
covering the naked when you see them, and not hiding from your own family?
Then your light will break out like the dawn, and you will be healed quickly.
Your own righteousness will walk before you,
and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help,
and God will say, “I’m here.”
If you remove the yoke from among you, the finger-pointing,
the wicked speech; if you open your heart to the hungry,
and provide abundantly for those who are afflicted,
your light will shine in the darkness, and your gloom will be like the noon.
The Lord will guide you continually & provide for you, even in parched places.
He will rescue your bones. You will be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water that won’t run dry.
They will rebuild ancient ruins on your account;
the foundations of generations past you will restore.
You will be called Mender of Broken Walls, Restorer of Livable Streets.