An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25
I have spent this weekend working a booth at West Springfield Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mid-week a tornado ripped through the area, damaging homes and businesses. The Eastern States Exposition fairground was spared so the show went on. Driving in on Friday to set up, we were amazed at the damage. And we weren’t even in the area hardest hit. New England isn’t noted for tornadoes but this one was strong enough to be considered ‘historic’. Unsure how this natural disaster would impact show attendance, we set up as planned and hoped for the best.
We always enjoy meeting and chatting with folks. Laughter and learning go hand in hand at the make-and-take tables. This show was no different. Greeting customers we see every year with hugs, making new friends, oohing and aahing over projects – the atmosphere was upbeat and light-hearted. With all the merriment, one particular conversation stands out in my mind.
A woman came to the register with a friend. At one point in our conversation she said, “After living through a tornado, I really needed a fun day like today”. That comment made me view the rest of the weekend with new eyes. Who else in attendance had come through the tornado and was just happy to be there, alive and well? Who came looking for a few hours reprieve from a difficult situation?
God has given each of us a way to lift up others. There is nothing to buy and it’s always with us. Today’s divine appointment may involve nothing more than a cheerful smile and a kind word. Don’t miss it! Take every opportunity available to give away both.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24