A Beautiful Act of Kindness

A photograph of a 12 year old Syrian refugee living in Turkey recently went viral. Muhammet Halit was seen wearing sandals and carrying his shoe shining gear, gazing longingly through a gym window at all of the amazing equipment inches away but a world away from his ability to use that equipment. Someone took the picture, showed the owner of the gym and then they went in pursuit of finding Muhammet. They found the child and offered him a life time membership to the gym. Muhammet shared that he had always dreamed of being able to lose weight, but he didn’t have access to the kind of equipment that might help him to achieve his dream. Muhammet had fled the brutal war in Syria and thought his life would be spent in Turkey shining shoes. The gym membership has given Muhammet the hope that perhaps his new life in Turkey is looking up and for that he’s grateful.

What the owner of the gym did was a beautiful act of kindness. The other day I had breakfast with a parishioner. He insisted on paying for both of us. I couldn’t help but notice, as he was filling out the credit card receipt, that the tip was twice the charge of the food we ate. Not 10%. Not 15%. Not 20%. The tip was 100% more than the cost of the omelets. A beautiful act of kindness.

The Giving Tree the past two years at my church has focused on our partner parish in Léogâne, Haiti. Last year dozens of Emmanuel parishioners gifted more than $5100 to help this tiny island mission and this year we’re on track to send over $8600. That’s a ton of kindness! Dozens of people like you and me donating $5 or $10 or $25 or $100 and in some cases more to help people we’ll never meet living in a country most of us will never visit.

May 2018 be filled with all kinds of stories such as this. One person quietly helping another through one generous kind gesture after another.

God has been so good to us. Let’s be good to others too.

Peace friends,


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  • Mary Jane says:

    Hi Chuck,
    Nothing more to say but……LOVE IT!!!!!!! More power to kindness in this world. Have a good one, my friend.

  • Kathy says:

    Loved both the story of Muhammet AND of your parishioner. Reminded me of a lunch with a friend and I noted the tip he left laying by the plate – it was substantial. When I commented he said: “My mom waitressed for years; I know what it means to those who do this for a living.” These acts give us reason to pause and wonder how we might increase our giving, at whatever level. Thank you Chuck!

  • Terry says:

    love this CHUCK
    beautiful ACTS OF KINDNESS are so great to witness 🙂

    BE AT PEACE xo

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