THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible and one most of us have heard many times, either in Sunday school or from the pulpit. And thanks to the marvels of YouTube, you can watch scores and scores of different visual interpretations of this parable. While many of these versions are fabulous and thought-provoking, most of them present the Levite and the priest to be the villains of the tale. . . .
Our daily lives are filled with responsibilities. We have jobs, tasks to accomplish, grocery shopping to do, laundry to fold, meals to cook, not to mention family members to look after and love. People depend on us.
On our way to pick up our children from school, would we stop and fish a guy out of the ditch? On our way to catch an airplane for an important meeting out of town, would we stop and tend to an accident victim while dressed in our best suit? Would you risk losing your paycheck by taking time off to swing by a motel and offer to pay for a stranger’s care? It’s worth considering.
O God, give us the heart, soul, strength, and mind to go and love our neighbors. Amen.
– Disciplines 2010
The Upper Room Disciplines 2010: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.”http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book. Or join the conversation at http://books.upperroom.org/blog/
Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:19, NRSV
This Week: pray those searching for God. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.
Did You Know?
Need a Spiritual Retreat? Join us at SOULfeast, the Upper Room’s spiritual retreat at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, July 14-18, 2013. Come discover how, as the Holy Spirit washes over us, this powerful presence brings us alive to God, community, transformation, and missions in the here and now. For more information, visit soulfeast.upperroom.org.
This week we remember ick of Ireland (March 17).
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2013, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA