Won’t heaven be wonderful…no more misunderstandings or hurt feelings, or directors that yell, or stomach aches, or being hungry, or missing friends, or staying up late to do homework, or alarms waking you up in the middle of a good dream, or sitting through endless lectures. Yes, heaven will be wonderful indeed.

I visited one of ‘my’ old ladies at work the other day. Apparently, just before I came, one of the servers at lunch hurt her feelings by not letting her push her friend’s wheelchair in or something.  Then the server didn’t give her her cake for dissert.  She cried when she told me about it. She had told the cleaning lady about it when she got back to her room, so the cleaning lady marched right up to the dining room, got a piece of cake, and brought it back for her.  I really like that cleaning lady.  But when I saw that old lady crying…  She’s told me before about her life…  Hasn’t this woman, at the age of 85, experienced enough pain?  Why is she still being made to cry? When I saw the tear drip down her face, it broke my heart.  And for what…a piece of cake.  Maybe we could all use an extra dose of gentleness.

Galatians 5:22-23

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and selfcontrol. Against such things there is no law.


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