kindness at Geneva Presbyterian ChurchI read a Dennis the Menace comic recently that touched me. Dennis’ mom is tucking him into bed at night, and he asks her, “Were you pretty when you were a little girl, or did you just get that way when you got old?”

Children see beneath the skin, don’t they? They see beauty in kindness, compassion and generosity. The truth is, we do too – though we don’t often name it. Some of the most beautiful people I know are those who give and serve and love deeply with a joyful spirit. It doesn’t matter whether they are young or old and wrinkled, large or small, handsome or otherwise. The beauty of the human spirit has a way of shining through.

Let us pray: Loving God, we praise you for the gift of this day, for your unconditional love and grace, and for all beauty that delights us. We also thank you that you have given us eyes to see beauty that runs deeper than the skin. Grant each of us the ability to live a life that shines forth hope and joy and peace – for your delight and for the delight of this world that you so love. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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