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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

1 July 2020: Carolyn Barton, Chair Petersfield Area Churches Together

Kindness Matters

As I write this, people everywhere are beginning to take steps towards recovery from those dark days in the depths of the Coronavirus pandemic. Shops are beginning to open, more are returning to work. We are slowly gaining more confidence.

Recently, however, I’ve been saddened to read that some people have gone back to their old habits, leaving litter for others to pick up, at risk to their health. When shops first opened there were pictures of people pushing and shoving to be first in the queue, regardless of ‘social-distancing’.

What a contrast to strict lockdown days. Behind the scenes numerous volunteers worked tirelessly for the good of others. The Coronavirus Network was set up as community support. The PACT Foodbank saw need rise dramatically, but also the town’s great kindness and generosity. We had a feeling that we were ‘all in it together’.

Individuals looked out for their neighbours, the elderly, the vulnerable, or those in ‘shielding’, showing care in small, practical ways, those small acts of kindness that will not be forgotten.
Jesus teaches us that caring for those in need is what he expects of us. In Matthew 25: 40, he says, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

We now have the opportunity to change some of our old, unthinking habits. It is my hope that we will continue with many small acts of kindness toward one another. As Jesus commands us ‘Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ (John 13:34)

 

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