Kindness Is My Religion

gray cat near brown vase with sunflowers
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Whether you are young or old…female or male…
may you make extra room for nurturing in your heart…
may you hug a baby…smile at a stranger…
May you hold back just a little in traffic and, just this once,
let an extra pushy driver squeeze right in.
May you say something real to a harried store clerk…
pat a kitty…give a coworker a genuine compliment…
take time to listen deeply to a friend.
Mothers come in many shapes and sizes.
So does “mothering.”
May there be room in our hearts, to receive nurturing, and to give.

—Reverend Maureen Killoran


This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.