Sunday, December 17-Third Sunday in Advent
Pilgrim Congregational Church
15 Common St, Southborough, MA 01772

Letters to Gus: “Kindness in Any Language”

Dear Gus,

I love watching you play with Kaleb! Do you remember Kaleb? He’s a little toddler who lives near us. Sometimes, when we’re out for a walk, Kaleb and his mom and dad are out for a walk too and we decide to play together. You are always so kind to him. For example, if you have your baseball glove and a ball, then you’ll help Kaleb to put it on, or you’ll try to teach him how to throw. When he does a good job, you always show him that you’re excited for him.

One of my favorite things about you, Gus, is that you are truly kind. I have seen you share with others who didn’t have toys, encourage your friends during a game (even when they weren’t on your team), and give out hugs and high-fives like they were free…because they are!

In some religions, like Buddhism, there is an idea called “loving-kindness,” a sort of love that we have for everybody and everything. Buddhists call this metta. Judaism and Christianity also have ideas like this. In Judaism it’s called chesed and in Christianity it’s called agape. Those are all fun words to say. They come from different languages: Pali, Hebrew, and Greek!

Whatever the language, the idea is the same. We have a super special power that allows us to make the world a kinder, more loving place!

Do you remember where Jesus told us the Kingdom of Heaven is? He said it is “at hand,” meaning that it’s really close by. How do we go about bringing the Kingdom of Heaven here right now? Easy! Show someone some kindness: metta, chesed, agape, love, whatever! When we are kind to others, like you’re always so kind to Kaleb, we bring Heaven here!

What if each day, at the end of the day, we asked each other for an example of how we were kind to someone else that day? Do you think you could do that?

I look forward to hearing about all of your kindness!

Love,

Dad.

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