Colin Powell in Parade Magazine on a Lesson learned as a Parish Warden

Many years ago I was the warden””the senior lay­person””of a small suburban Episcopal church in northern Virginia. During that time, the bishop assigned to our parish an elderly priest, in some kind of distress and in need of a parish, to serve as an assistant pastor. I never knew the ­nature of his problem. We just welcomed him into the church, treated him as one of us, and ministered to him, just as we ministered to one another. He was with us for a year. On his last Sunday, he was assigned the ­sermon. As he finished, he looked out over the congregation and with a smile on his face quietly concluded, “Always show more kindness than seems necessary, ­because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know.” That sentence hit me with a special force that has remained with me for four ­decades. His lesson was clear: Kindness is not just about being nice; it’s about recognizing another human being who deserves care and respect.

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One comment on “Colin Powell in Parade Magazine on a Lesson learned as a Parish Warden

  1. NoVA Scout says:

    I feel very fortunate to have lived in the same time and space as General Powell. He’s a great American and a great human being. That he has been a neighbor makes me feel all the more favored.