A place for gentleness?

My friend, may I ask you a question? In this dog-eat-dog world, ought there to be a place for gentleness? Unfortunately why is it so common that we see the opposite–people taking revenge, exacting their own pound of flesh and making sure that fairness is played to the hilt?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I remember a time, years ago, when the biggest dog in our house at the time, Jubi, got run over by our littlest dog, Frodo. He came barreling at her, bent on taking the doggie toy away that she was firmly holding in her mouth. He climbed up on her back and jumped on her head. He leaned forward and grabbed the toy and tugged it away. As if she was hardly there, he finished climbing over her head and proceeded to bang the toy on the rug back and forth, all the while pushing his rump into her massive head. Jubi simply lifted a paw and gently placed it on his back. In one simple, gentle motion she put a stop to his harassment, retrieving her toy and then allowing little Frodo to go his way.

In this dog-eat-dog world, there ought to be a place for gentleness like Jubi’s. Unfortunately we so often see the opposite–people taking revenge, exacting their own pound of flesh and making sure that fairness is played to the hilt. I guess we can learn a lot from the beasts that God created. Perhaps that is part of the reason God gave us pets in the first place.

Here’s a story from Sandra Taylor: “Recently my my grandson, aged seven, wanted to show me how he could do underwater somersaults in our backyard pool. When he did, however, the water backed up in his nose and hurt his head something awful. Later that night, as he lay on his blanket before the television, he started to moan. The headache had come back. Nothing I did for him seemed to help. As I stroked my grandson’s hair, I prayed. The most amazing and gentle thing happened. Our cat, Flower, got up and proceeded across the blanket until she reached my ailing grandson. Then, ever so gently, she lifted a tiny paw and seemed to reach out ever so softly to touch that hurting head. She nestled by my grandson's head and lay quietly. Slowly he raised his head and said, ‘Grammy, Flower is working on it.’ Well, I just sat there. There was an amazing gentleness in the room. In about six minutes the boy looked up and said, ‘It’s gone. Grammy, Jesus sent Flower to help me!’ We sat for quite some time in that feeling of gentleness that prevailed around us.” (Sandra Kay Taylor santaylors@aol.com )

Gentleness is one of the marks of how our God often deals with His people. Sometimes we might be surprised at the ways his gentleness is revealed, if only we had the eyes to see, and hearts to hear. When you think about how heavy God’s hand might be, given that he has the entire world in it, isn’t it remarkable that, like Jubi, his corrective and healing touch can be so soft. His gentleness is truly amazing. Thank God for that!

We pray. Heavenly Father, you have given us a Savior, so meek, so mild. Teach us to be like you in all our ways. Teach us kindness, gentleness, generosity, and to be giving, forgiving, loving and caring. Teach us to follow in your humble footsteps. Guide us to the place you want us to be, take control. Mold and shape us into the brilliant beings we were always destined to become. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://christianstt.com/prayer-kindness-gentleness/)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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