Appreciating Kindness: Some Good Samaritans
This week has been a particularly rough one for my family and I. Over the course of the week, we each have taken turns becoming rather ill. Throughout the course of this trying week… I am reminded of the parable of The Good Samaritan.
Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 6 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 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[c] 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.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
This week I found myself in an unexpected but frightening predicament. What I had thought to be simply just an illness landed me in a unexpected visit to the Emergency Room.
At this time I discovered myself being appreciative of two things…
A father’s love and the compassion of a friend. My father took a few minutes out of his very busy day to come and get me to make sure I got to Urgent Care. A fellow church member and friend sat with me while I waited for the results of some rather persistent probing and testing.
These two did not have to do as they did…they just merely did. Out of love, compassion, mercy, and kindness…I had two good samaritans in what could have been a very dark moment.
Today I had yet another one of those moments too. My youngest of five, who has also been rather miserable…I worried might have an ear infection ….I did not want to have to wait and bring him to the E.R. So I scheduled him a same day appointment.
The love of another friend who had also recently endured a similar ailment, was shown me. She helped me bring my youngest to visit the doctor. Thankfully there was not observed any ear infection…
Today I just…wanted to take a moment and appreciate what kindness has been given me…for God knows I really don’t deserve it.