Father, the Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the first I can remember hearing from the Bible when I was a little girl.
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.”
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It was a lesson on loving your neighbor as yourself, teaching us all in Sunday school that when anyone is hurt or hurting we are to do all we can to help them. This is a value I have had all my life.
Much later in life, You opened my eyes to new levels of understanding of this parable. I’ve learned more about how badly he was hurt and the level of commitment it took on the part of the Good Samaritan. And the significance of the spiritual hypocrisy and political bigotry of the men who passed him by. And the social discrimination that the Samaritan ignored or overlooked to help the wounded man.
So it’s hard for me to see people profiting off of others by hoarding needed supplies during this crisis.
Lord would You help everyone look beyond their selfishness and greed to see the hurting people. Remind us that if not for Your grace, we could be those hurting people.
Give us each, everyone on the planet, the perspective to see that everything we have is blessing from You. And that we are to share that blessing.
Father, some of us are in need right now. We may not be stripped and bloody on the side of the road, but we may be sick, or have loved ones who are sick, and separated from us in hospitals. We thank You for the care received at the hands of those who are generously giving out of their abundance and knowledge to treat the sick.
Some of us may be out of work and have bills coming due. Father make a way where there seems to be no way for our financial needs to be met. Bring a solution to every person and every problem. Allow grace and generosity be the signs of these times.
Some may be isolated in their needs for food or care. Lord bring those needs to light, and someone in each person’s life to help meet those needs.
Make us like the Good Samaritan. Remove greed, selfishness, discrimination and hypocrisy from us during these times. And let us emerge from this crisis a more loving, caring people who bring honor to Your name. Amen