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Dear President Trump:

In today’s Daily Lectionary readings, a young boy shares his lunch of five barley loaves and two fish with Jesus, who turns it into a feast that feeds a large crowd. (John 6:1-15) The psalmist writes: “The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.” (Psalm 145:13)

Sharing a lunch, keeping one’s word, being gracious in how we treat others. These are seemingly small acts that can yield big results.

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Like tiny drops of freezing rain, our small acts have the potential to create great beauty or destruction. Photo by Howard Zehr

In Trump: The Art of the Deal, you write frequently about big deals that began with a simple phone call or reaching out.

Here are some small acts that could produce big results for your presidency:

  • Once a month host a weekend retreat for a mix of Democratic and Republican leaders. Focus on building relationships. Invite each person to share his or her dreams for the country.
  • Once a week Tweet a word of congratulations to one of your opponents. Surprise them with a random act of kindness.
  • Visit with a small group of Syrian refugees. Listen to their stories of why they fled their homes.
  • Visit with a group or undocumented immigrants to hear why they came to the United States. What are their dreams? How are they investing in this country?
  • Invite Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Camp David for a conversation about the mutual interests of the United States and Iran.

The late American abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe once reflected: “To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.”

More than we might think, it is the small things done well that can change the world.

Sincerely,

J. Daryl Byler

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