The 40/52-weeks-a-year, spiritual-religious newsletter
From Larry Keene
What a wonderful moment it is, O God, when a kind person walks into our lives. We feel so protected and encouraged. So safe from the pain we often bring to ourselves and from the crushing harm that others sometimes inflict on us as well. There is such profound healing in a kindly spirit. The abrasions that we experience from daily being rubbed the wrong way are washed and soothed by the gentle voice or touch of a kind person.
God, I am willing to overlook a multitude of imperfections in a person who is kind. I am not saying that I am in favor of human frailties and faults but I am greatly in favor of kindness.
I am in favor of how, when everything else fails to restore my will to persevere in life, a kind response to me will usually energize and motivate me to keep on keeping on. I know that everyone cannot be intelligent, witty, or gifted in the ways that usually make people sit up and take notice but I know that we can all be more kind.
Help me to be a kinder person, O Lord, . . . even if no one notices.
Why 77%? Two reasons: 1) 40/52 = 0.76923. The newsletter is sent every Monday except the last of each month. 2) In school 77% was a passing grade and ROTB wants to remind you that life isn’t graded, it’s pass/fail.