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Touched by Kindness

Throughout my life I have been the recipient of much kindness and goodness from people in various countries. It is something that never ceases to touch me deeply. Today, I was shown unexpected Cypriot kindness.

I had gone to the small village Tochni to take a few pictures and on my way back decided to follow the signs to Maroni. The Old Coffee Shop in Maroni centre had featured in some café reviews on Tripadvisor, but to my disappointment, I found it closed. I made my way to Zygi and walked towards the fish taverns by the sea. Coffee was what I had in mind so I decided to ask what they would serve in the Koumbaris Fish Tavern. Yes, I could have a frappé and a piece of cake!

The wonderful view and sea breeze refreshed me as I sipped my coffee at the empty fish tavern. It was still too early for lunch clientele.

Feeling rejuvenated after the refreshment, I asked the waitress for the bill. She came back smiling and said, "It's okay, you don't need to pay." Somewhat confused I said, "Are you sure?" and she replied, "Yes, it's no problem!"

This was so unexpected. Off I went rather moved at this display of Cypriot kindness. The motive could be questioned, but in this case I looked like the typical tourist who, for all they knew, would never return to Zygi!

I read Proverbs chapter 19 today. Verse 22 says:

What is desired in a man is kindness...

Kindness is something which touches us deep within. As Christians, we have been blessed by the richness of God's mercy. Indeed it is the "kindness of God that leads you to repentance" wrote the apostle Paul in Romans 2:4. We have received numerous spiritual and material blessings and our response should be to share what we have been given with others.

God bless the Koumbaris Fish Tavern and those who run it. Thank you for spreading kindness!


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