A few years back, my husband Dave and I attended a party where I worked. Dave is a great listener, so I wasn’t surprised others talked to him about their lives, including my friend and co-teacher, Bill. The next morning, Bill said about Dave, “I felt worthwhile in his presence.”
My friend Heidi creates a welcoming space for youth at church and on mission trips. Young people tell her about their dreams and their hurts, and they share their questions about God and life with her – something they don’t do with many people. Knowing someone’s life story is a gift, and not everyone is worthy of that gift.
Gentleness is subtle, underrated and sometimes overlooked. Gentle spirits create a quiet, accepting space for others. They deepen the spiritual lives of others simply by being present. It’s hard to put into words, but here is my best attempt:
When someone affirms your true worth and honors your life story without saying a word, you are in the gracious presence of a gentle spirit.
2 thoughts on “Gentleness”
Thank you, Johnna. Dave is truly a deep listener and Heidi is truly a receptive spirit for others. How blessed we are to know them both. Gentleness and kindness kiss each other and I am reminded of the quote attributed to Philo (I think): “Be kind because everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle.”
It’s true. We really don’t know what’s going on in the life of another. Erring on the side of grace and gentleness is the best way to go – and the least filled with actual errors! peace, Johnna