Last week in church, a woman related the story about her 50th birthday. (She's a child!) Rather than having a party, she asked family members to perform "random acts of kindness" to celebrate her big day.
Her grown daughter told the following story: She decided to buy a $20 Walmart gift card and give it someone who appeared to be in need. At the store, she stood in the check-out line with her purchases and prayed to be led to a person who could use a gift card. The daughter noticed that an older woman, standing in line behind her, had only a few basics in her cart--bread, milk, eggs. The woman's clothes were worn and patched. Instantly, the daughter knew that Heavenly Father had answered her prayer of finding the recipient of the gift card. She paid for her purchases and bought a gift card. She turned and gave it to the lady, then fled before the woman could respond.
Isn't that a great story? How wonderful for the woman to want to celebrate her birthday by helping others. And how wonderful that her daughter could give her the "gift" of extending a kindness to someone else.
So, for today, I am grateful for those who are kind.