Spiritual Practice

Just a Smile

Perrie Tatum

Class was about to start. Summer sat patiently at her desk, as she did every other day.

“Hey.” She smiled at Jessie, who sat across the aisle. Jessie smiled back.

“That girl is so annoying. I can’t stand her.” Mike uttered under his breath. Mike sat on the other side of Summer. He was usually nice to her but didn’t hesitate to mock other people. Summer said nothing, and class started.

Months went by. Summer and Jessie said hello, but never talked much. They weren’t close friends. Summer’s friends were in a different class; but she was always nice to Jessie—and nice to Mike, for that matter.

One day, toward the end of the year, Summer walked into class and found an envelope on her desk. The card inside said, “This year, I felt so alone. Thank you for being my friend and making me feel like I belong. You’ll never know how much your smile has meant to me. Your friend, Jessie.”

Summer hadn’t known that Jessie was feeling lonely. Her heart flooded with joy to know that she had made Jessie feel better, if only with a smile.

“That annoying girl wrote you a card? Weird!” Mike smirked. Summer said nothing. She slipped the card in her notebook, and smiled at the girl who sat across the aisle.


Treat everyone with kindness.
1 Peter 3:9b (CEV)

5-SECOND PRAYER: God, let our simple acts of kindness do your will. Amen.

—from devozine (September/October 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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