The bright and colorful sunflower reminds us of beauty offered without asking for anything in return. . . . Offer acts of kindness as gifts this week without expecting anything in return. Kindness begins at home. Think of your child(ren)’s favorite things, and offer those things this week. Maybe your daughter loves new markers, your son loves to shoot baskets with you, or your family hasn’t had a movie night for a long time. Let go of to-do lists for a minute and offer simple kindness.
—Kara Lassen Oliver, Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season (Upper Room Books, 2015)
What acts of kindness have you offered or received this week? Join the conversation.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
—Ephesians 4:32, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
Thy angels watch me through the night,
And keep me safe till morning’s light.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
This week’s featured book, Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season, is a practical guide to help parents, grandparents, and other concerned adults nurture their children’s faith. Author Kara Lassen Oliver offers easy-to-follow suggestions for families during the back-to-school, Advent, Lent, and summer seasons. Read more.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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