An Advent of Kindness




1. Give someone a hug or compliment

2.  Let someone in front of you in the line

3.  Buy a someone coffee-friend, colleague, homeless person

4.  Hold the door open for someone

5.  Give someone your attention

6.  Donate a Christmas gift to a charity

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth.” Luke 21: 34-35

This week a friend invited me to go with her to Sequoia National Park, to see it she said, “before it is gone.” Her comment shook me, because as a young boy my parents and I went hiking in the Park, as a teen I took long hikes with friends, and in the last few years I have returned a number of times. It is a sad reality that what Megan says may be true.  Climate change is really changing life as we know it.

Our Scripture reminds us that the day may “catch us by surprise like a trap.” Climate Change is telling us that the earth is rebelling against our destructiveness, and selfish using of the environment.

Brazil’s new president is talking of destroying the remaining rain forest for farming, which will change our weather patterns, and bring changes in our way of life. Our own leaders are destroying areas of our country for profit. The recent fires point to how  climate change is affecting our lives. 

Advent is a dark season, a time of repentance, of waiting for the Light to come into our world. It calls us to reflect upon our lives, and where we have failed, and to repent and make plans.

All of us are responsible for climate change, and each of us in our own little ways can seek to change our behavior and make changes, and to push our leaders to take action. 

Around us we see our streets full of people homeless and destitute, and in need of care. Climate Change has made many more homeless and destitute through out the world, and most recently in Paradise, CA

 Advent is a call for us to turn our eyes upon Christ, and to be a light in the world. 

What can we do?  All I know is what I try to do, we each have to find our own way. I seek to live simply, using only what I need, to give away my excess;  a vegetarian, write, email, and call our leaders, and provide food, socks and pastoral care to people on the street, and off the street.

The judgment of climate exchange and poverty is brought about by our actions–not God’s, Christ  calls us to step up, change our ways, and move into the Light.

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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