Acts of Loving KindnessLent 5
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Good morning, everyone! One time, Jesus was visiting his friends Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary in their home in a town called Bethany. While he was there, Lazarus, Martha and Mary decided to host a dinner party in Jesus’ honor. They all enjoyed a tasty meal and were relaxing in the living room after dinner when one of the guests, a woman named Mary, took out a jar of expensive oil. She dipped her long hair in the oil, and then rubbed it on Jesus’ feet. She anointed his feet in this way to show Jesus how much she loved him. Judas, one of the disciples, complained that the oil should have been sold and the money given to the poor, but Jesus appreciated Mary’s act of kindness and love.
We can’t invite Jesus to dinner in the same way Lazarus did, can we? He is with us always in spirit, but not in a way that we can anoint his feet. We can show Jesus that we love him by doing acts of kindness and love for others.
Alanna Jai Wall was an 8-year-old girl living in Dayton, Ohio, who wanted to make a difference in the lives of people who are very sick. At first she thought she would make a head scarf for every child diagnosed with cancer, but then her Nana got her excited about nail polish and glitter. When she was 10, she started polishing nails of cancer patients and special needs children. Now she is 12 years old, and she is the Chief Executive Officer of a nation-wide volunteer organization called Polished Girlz. According to the Polished Girlz website,
The Polished Girlz bring sparkle to the lives of girls with special needs or frequent hospitalizations by bringing the trendiest nail art parties to them, while teaching them the importance of hand washing to reduce infection rates and repeated hospital admissions. As an organization, the Polished Girlz seek to empower not only their clients, but their volunteers, by offering them opportunities to improve the quality of life, build invaluable leadership skills, and providing them with opportunities for community service.
Polished Girlz now has 150 volunteers, and they have polished the nails to make thousands of girls smile in several states. The organization continues to grow and bring joy to more and more people.
We can’t anoint Jesus’ feet, but we can show we love him by serving others--by doing acts of loving kindness. Alanna’s motto is “Born to Rock, Born to Shine and Born to Serve!”
Dear God, We thank you for sparkling examples of service, such as Mary in the Bible, and Alanna in Dayton, Ohio. Help us to find ways to show our love of Jesus so that we, too, may rock, shine and serve. Amen.