In My Hour of Need


In what practical ways can you show kindness to your spouse today?

Always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. 1 Thessalonians 5:15

I (Teresa) was lying in bed with the flu, too sick to get anything done but not quite sick enough to go to the doctor. I had a million and one things to do, and now I couldn't do any of them. I ran over the list of necessary "to-do's" and got exhausted just thinking about them. The kids needed to be picked up from school, and then they needed a quick snack and help with their homework. Then there was dinner to fix and kids to get bathed. A thought ran through my groggy head: Am I too sick to run away from home—just for a day or two?

About that time David called from work. He asked how I was doing and if I needed anything right away. I answered "no," but my heart said differently. Without hesitation David offered to pick the kids up from school and get them a snack on the way home. He told me to rest and not worry about dinner, as he would pick up some burgers. He even thought to reassure me that he would be in charge of all homework and bath duty for the evening. He just wanted me to concentrate on getting better, because he was sorry I was sick. I felt better already.

It's the times when David is sensitive to my needs and the needs of our family that I appreciate him the most. His kindness that day spoke volumes of his love for me. I knew he had given thought to what would be good for both of us and our kids.

This, to me, was an example of David showing me kindness through meeting a practical need—the need for rest.

In what practical ways can you show your spouse kindness today?

Father, help me to be sensitive to my spouse’s needs and to respond with kindness in work and action.


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