Touched By A Stranger

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love. — Romans 12:10

Marsha Burgess was a complete stranger to us, so we were touched by the note she sent. She knew my husband Carl’s mom who had recently died. She had often seen her when visiting her own mother at a local nursing home.

So when Carl lost his mother, Marsha took the time to share her memories with us. She closed her note with these words: “Your mom always had a big smile on her face and was happy to see us. How wonderful to have such precious memories! We just loved your mom. We’ll never forget her.” Marsha is a Christian, and her words brought comfort in our grief. They reminded us of the joy of being part of Christ’s body (Romans 12:5).

Every believer has been given a specific gift or gifts by God to use in building up others—prophesying, ministering, teaching, exhorting, giving, leading, and showing mercy (vv.6-8). But all of us are to “be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love” (v.10) and to “rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (v.15).

Sometimes we hesitate to reach out to someone we don’t know. We wonder if it is appropriate or if it will mean anything to the person. But that note from Marsha reminds us how much it means to be touched by a stranger.

Anne Cetas

Like refreshing rain in summer
Or the gentle breeze in spring,
Just a little gift of kindness
Joy to someone’s heart can bring.


Opportunities to be kind are never hard to find.

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