Recently, I’ve been going through a particularly challenging time. One of the things that has really helped me has been all the small acts of kindness and expressions of concern that have come my way.
Folk have sent cards, offered practical help, enquired after me, prayed for me, reassured me that they will be there for me. I’ve collected so many hugs!
I’ve discovered that I truly do have friends who genuinely care about me. When you are going through a tough time, knowing that you are loved is a profoundly touching thing. I’ve experienced the milk of human kindness.
As we come up to Christmas we will be celebrating again how God has also shown his kindness to us in Christ; how the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. God is not aloof from our sufferings in this life. He has come to us with kindness in human form.
John in his letter speaks of Christ in this way “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the word of life.” 1 John 1:1
John is described as the “beloved” apostle; he knew that he was loved by Christ, and it was because he experienced that love in a real physical friendship.
The milk of human kindness has reminded me of the power of the incarnation, of the divine kindness that was enfleshed in Jesus Christ and which we celebrate again this Christmas.
Mark Wickenden (Minister)