Friday, December 22
When is it easy to be kind?
Read this story about a traveler who showed kindness to a dog.
Kindness Toward Animals
(Adapted from the Muslim Hadith)
Once there was a traveler who was in dire need of water during a long journey. His lips were parched, and his throat burned. When he finally found a well he saw that it didn’t have a rope or a bucket, so he had to climb all the way down to get a drink.
After feeling refreshed, he made the difficult climb back up. That’s when he saw a dog that was panting and licking the ground out of thirst.
The traveler thought, “This dog is suffering just as I have suffered.” So he climbed back down into the well, filled his shoe with water, and held it in his mouth as he climbed up. Then he gave the dog a drink.
Questions for reflection:
- How did the traveler show kindness?
- How can you show kindness to animals?
THIS WEEK’S LESSON