Kindred Spirits

It was nothing I had planned for our 18 day tour. Of course, I love “RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Attacks”, as I so warmly refer to them, so I made sure to include it on the scavenger hunt that I provided for my fellow travelers. We noticed things together as we watched for people’s kindnesses toward one another. It’s a great thing to be watching for!

I was surprised, however, when one of our men came to me, suggesting that we take up an offering on Sunday and drop it off at a random church along our way. I was all for the idea! That Sunday morning we happened to be touring Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. I told  our step-on guide our plans and asked if she knew of a church that could serve as the recipient for the generosity of these kind people. She said yes, adding that we would be there between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. – just in time for the end of service. When we arrived, service was indeed over, but there was no church personnel whatsoever in the building. Our people were a bit disappointed but I was confident that we would be led to exactly the place that we were supposed to leave this random act of kindness. A stop at two more churches on the island provided two more closed doors. Evidently, it was not meant to be for this particular day so we decided to keep our ears and eyes open as we headed on down the road.

The next day took us by ferry from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island. It is quite a beautiful place… serene and picturesque. That afternoon we stopped at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, a lovely gift shop with a variety of unique preserves and gifts. As our coach pulled into the parking lot, a man came out to greet us. His name is Bruce and he is the owner of the Preserve Company. He got on board and began to tell us the story of how that preserve company came to be.  He went on to tell about plans in the works for “Gardens of Hope,” a site just up the road from the Preserve Company that would serve as a Hospice/Respite care home, free for anyone who wanted to come. Instantly I thought, “Is this where we are to leave our money?” He finished his story and as our people disembarked, three different people mentioned to me that maybe this is where we should leave our money. It was obvious it wasn’t just me thinking that way and so I began to make the rounds to our people as they were browsing, asking them if they felt good about leaving our gift there. It seemed to be unanimous and so as we finished our shopping, I asked Bruce if he would join us on the front porch. He agreed but enthusiastically said, “Let me go put my kilt on first!” Evidently, he assumed we wanted a picture with him. He disappeared for a few minutes which gave everyone time to finish up and gather on the front porch of his business, with enthusiasm growing and cameras ready.

When Bruce came outside, I explained to him that in addition to watching for Random Acts of Kindness, we had decided we wanted to be a part of one. I gave him the offering to go towards Gardens of Hope. He was genuinely touched and was not the only one who got a bit teary eyed during the exchange. He explained that he rarely tells the whole story and that he didn’t know why he did that afternoon. {I can attest to that, as I had been there three times before and had never heard the whole story.} He said that God continues to strengthen his faith as he takes steps to make this dream a reality.

As our people were boarding the coach to leave, I stood outside and talked to Bruce. He asked, “So you are a believer?” I said yes. We were indeed, kindred spirits, a phrase very familiar to the island that Anne of Green Gables made popular.  We were amazed at how God had orchestrated our time together and the way our paths had crossed for a short but very significant time. It encouraged our faith and strengthened my belief in the power of these random acts of kindness. I am convinced they are “random” only to us. God has a purpose and a plan that He is happy to make us a part of whenever we are willing!

So what little thing can you do today to encourage someone along their path? It doesn’t need to be huge or marked with fanfare.  For Bruce, it was a rack of cute pocket sized Gideon Bibles that he gave away to anyone who wanted one. For me, it may be a short note sent to one who needs to be remembered, some flowers given for no real reason at all, or time spent with someone who is unable to get out and about.  Whatever it is and whenever it happens will be just right!

As we step out with our RAK Attacks we will realize as Anne did that “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Desiring to Be a Blessing With You,




About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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1 Response to Kindred Spirits

  1. Debra Miller says:

    So amazing – love the idea and heart behind it!

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