Kindness shines in the dark

In the darkest times, kindness shines brightest.

Do you agree?

When we’re feeling at our lowest and most despondent, a simple touch; an understanding, empathetic smile; or a few words of love and appreciation stand out like beacons.

But we often neglect kindness in favour of well-meaning solutions.

We opt for a lecture over a quiet, listening ear.

We avoid the pain of others instead of entering in.

For fear of saying the wrong thing, we say nothing at all – or rush in awkwardly with trite clichés.

Some of the kindest, most pastoral people I’ve met have perfected the art of a smile across the room, a gentle squeeze of the shoulder, or simply, groceries carried to the car.

Kindness goes a long, long way towards building trust and connection.

Kindness stops and takes a moment – or two – to hear their story before jumping in with our own.

Kindness is a dish of food, a warm hot chocolate, a song if you’re lucky…

Kindness is a hug, a blanket, a teddy bear to cry into.

Kindness is a prayer, a text message, an invitation to walk.

Kindness shows us its importance when we start walking it out – and when we need it ourselves.

Kindness is profound in its simplicity, powerful in nature, and the attribute I most want to cultivate.


“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. “ (Colossians 3:12)


  1. Wonderful reminder to simply be kind. One quote that has always stuck with me is “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” (Or something like that. Thanks!

  2. Great, love it! And this is something I have tried to do for many years, sadly it seems that many though are do busy dealing with their own crisis that they can’t spare a moment to think of others…

    1. Thanks Betsy! That’s great you’re doing your bit to show kindness. Interestingly, showing kindness to others in the midst of our crises can often take the edge off our own struggles…

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