33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ Luke 10: 33-35 (NIV)
During our devotional time this morning m husband and I revisited the story of the Good Samaritan. We discussed our “neighbors” on our online games who send what we need, revive our withered crops, send building supplies and words of encouragement. Most began as complete strangers cities, states or even countries away. I am often reminded that as a society, founded upon Christian values we have gotten away from the basics of freedom to worship as we choose and community. During the holiday season we do step up, some, but coins in a bucket and a few large meals do not sufficiently cover the other hungry months. Granted, corners peppered with men and women holding cardboard signs soliciting money year round have become so commonplace as to contribute to a level complacency and desensitization that leaves heart-strings unfazed. Yet, I am often moved to give because that dollar or spare change in the door that I may have spent on a biscuit may be the only act of charity that person receives. The man beaten on the road did not care or even know who helped him. Lord help me to be more like the Samaritan, open my eyes and touch my heart to be moved in ways that allow me to point those hurting, needing souls to You!
Making His praise glorious!
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