Kindness does not cost a lot but it can make a difference.
Reading the new issue of Premier Christianity magazine that arrived today, reminded me of not only last Christmas, but of a time when I was in Germany, and of the kindness of some people I could not thank.
There were articles on helping the poor at Christmas and how some people fought their way off the streets.
When I was in Germany with the RAF, I spent two nights on the streets of Dortmund because the people I thought of as friends deserted me at RAF Rheindahlen. It's a long story for another time.
Years ago, when I worked at the Bristol museum, I had a lousy month for pay and couldn't afford our Christman food. Some kind people at our school banded together to provide a basic hamper of necessities so we could have a Christmas dinner.
Christmas 2017 was a time for giving for our family, through the year I'd made friends with a young girl who lived on the streets with her dogs, so on Boxing Day we decided that instead of throwing the extra food out; we'd provide a hot meal for some of the people living on the streets.
Their smiles were payment enough for us, it can make a big difference to somebody to know that people do worry about you. I never saw the young lady and her dogs after Christmas, I hope so is as well as can be expected.