I was talking with the Assistant Principal today at school. She asked what kind of day one of my students was having. I told her that he was very engaged and gave a great answer to one question in particular. I told her that I made a big deal with the class about his great answer, and that young child beamed. As she walked away the Assistant Principal said, “It’s the little things that can make all the difference.”
It is often the little things that we do that reveal where our heart is. It is often the little things we do that will display our faith. People are looking for light in this darkness of our times. They long for hope, for healing, for a vaccine, and for a new day. Many people are probably noticing acts of kindness and compassion even more now. Some people may even want to do some of those acts themselves and be involved positively in some way. However, some people looking to do good just may not know how or where to do that.
Coolwater is going to give people an opportunity every month. Every month we are having a major outreach effort. We are putting a banner on our property advertising the weekend to those who drive by. We are putting ads in papers. We are distributing material to advertise events. We are advertising the next months project to anyone who comes to donate items. Coolwater is seeking ways for us and for others to do little things that make a difference. When you put a lot of little things together, it can become a big deal.
On Sunday I mentioned a show on Netflix that my wife has binge watched. The show is “Call the Midwife.” In one episode, Jenny a nurse who works as a midwife has tragically lost her boyfriend. Jenny is talking to Sister Julienne. Sister Julienne has invited her to go to a service in the chapel. Jenny says, “I don’t see where God fits into any of this.” Sister Julienne responds, “God isn’t in the event. He’s in the response to the event. In the love that is shown and the care that is given.”
You and I can do “little things” during these dark and troubling times. You and I can be vessels through which God’s love and care are shared in some way in our world.
At the close of the sermon, I asked a question. What does the church need to be in this time? The church is to be a people called by God and sent on a mission. We are to be an instrument of God's healing of the pain and the brokenness in our world. We are to be an answer to the clouds of fear and the clouds of distrust, and the clouds of prejudice and the clouds of inequality. We are sent out to show the world a taste of God's idea of loving kindness and compassion and justice and walking humbly with God. We are to show that God is in the response to the event. God is seen in our actions where love is shown and care is given. Yes, Coolwater, God can be seen through you and me, especially in the little things we do and we say.