Random Act

I love the Christmas story.  I think the thing I like most about the Christmas story is Mary’s response when she is told she will bear a child.  Mary’s words according to the Gospel of Luke, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”  Wow!  God was asking her to do something extremely difficult and her words are, “Here am I…”  An expression of her willingness to serve regardless of the task. 

Then, God came into the world in the form of a baby, born in a manger, the feeding trough of livestock, and spent that earthly life touching the untouchables.  Speaking to those who were not to be spoken to.  And loving the unlovables.

And we are called to the same….

I want to challenge you this Christmas season.  Find a way to do a Random act of kindness.  Do something unexpected.  Don’t sit and plan it out now, just keep it in your thoughts that you want to do something.  Make it a personal thing where you see the face of the person you are being kind to.  An act of kindness like adopting an angel from a tree is a wonderful gift to many families and I encourage you to help out with something like that, but this project is about seeing the face of God, face to face in another person….


Take someone to lunch who usually eats by themselves or grab an extra meal from the fast food restaurant that you visit and drive around looking for someone to give it to.  When you are out shopping keep your eyes open for someone who needs a hand opening a door or someone who needs a smile.  Make a phone call and tear down a fence that has been built for far too long.

What matters is not what you do, but that you see the face of God in the person who needs you.  I want to hear your stories of your act of Random Kindness.  I know that there will be some incredible stories to be told as we look for ways to serve another person.

God is calling us to be a servant, and has provided us an example of how he wants us to serve in the coming of this Christ child that we celebrate.  My hope is that when God calls you, you will be able to hear the voice of God and respond, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

Grace and Peace,

Chris Dodson