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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.”
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 suffering at the hands of injustice and misunderstood bias against people groups. Lord would You help everyone look beyond their differences and just see people who are hurting, grieving, in need. And have a heart to help those hurting people when they can.
Give us each the perspective to see that everything we have is blessing from You. And that we are to share that blessing…with everyone. Not just people who look like us.
Our church’s motto is “Live and Love like Jesus right where you are.” Help us be like the Samaritan too. Open our eyes to see who is hurting right where we are – where You have put us. And give us Your heart to help them however we can.
Remove greed, selfishness, discrimination and hypocrisy from us during these times. And let us emerge from this crisis of disunity a more loving, caring people who bring honor to Your name. Amen