Kindness matters

1 year ago

To the editor:

I apologize for being gone so long from these pages. A fall on Christmas night, resulting in a fractured shoulder, and then two weeks later having shingles, left me with little will to write.

However, today something prompted me to leave my home a few hours early. It was such a glorious day that I allowed my inner spirit to rise above the din that threatens to bring us all down from time to time. A young lady was walking by and, when I commented on the day’s beauty, she asked me for a ride.

As a rule, because of my upbringing, I’d say no to avoid “all appearance of evil.” However, an inner voice directed me to say yes. After exchanging names and some pleasantries I realized she was in dire straits and was new to Presque Isle. As I pulled to the curb to drop her off, she said, “This is the first kind thing that has happened to me since I got here.”  

I told her I was a Christian and I was only doing what Christ commanded us to do: “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” The expression on her face told me this struck a real chord with her and she thanked me profusely for this small kindness.

Many would think this doesn’t add up to a hill of beans, but I think back to a similar event a few years back when I saw an older couple moving into our apartment complex. I welcomed them, then said if they didn’t have a home church, that we’d love to have them come to ours.

The lady not only came to our church, but is a much-loved, faithful part of our congregation. Many times down through the years she’s spoken of how much that little act of kindness meant to her and her husband.

I’d encourage all Mainers to be open to others, especially strangers, and that those who serve God listen to that inner voice to help those among us who may need it.

Clare Kierstead
Presque Isle