As I’ve heard Anita talk about the release of her novel that she wrote with Caryn Rivadeniera called Shades of Mercy, she has said that the book addresses, “Who is my neighbor?” That got me thinking, so the other day, I read Luke chapter 10. And there I read about the religious leader who asked Jesus that very question… Then Jesus answered by telling the parable about the good Samaritan. I was struck again at the sacrifice of time and money that the Samaritan gave. It made me think – Do I have the margin in my life to give like he did? Or (a bigger issue for me), am I willing to have my plans derailed when something more important arises? Do I recognize that greater importance or am I too stuck on my to do list to deviate? I thought about this as I passed a homeless man on my way to work. Am I willing to stop and say hello and risk an uncomfortable few minutes to buy him a meal? I thought about this as I waded through the crowd of morning train commuters. Am I seeing people as God’s image bearers, each with their own stories or do I see them as annoying delays in my way? I’m sitting with this parable for a while. I’m beginning to see it as more than just doing more and serving more, but it’s also a deeper attitude of respect, honor and dignity toward our fellow humans.
Take a couple of minutes and read Luke 10:30-37. There’s a lot in this parable. What do you sense God bringing to your attention?
Lori Neff is the senior producer of Midday Connection and editor/contributor for Daily Seeds: From Women Who Walk in Faith and Tending the Soul (Moody Publishers). She grew up in a small town in Ohio, spending more time outside in nature than inside. Lori is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and she’s currently in school again studying counseling and spiritual direction. Her interests include art, humanitarian aid efforts, cooking, gardening, coffee, thinking, learning and spending time with her husband, John (and their three fiesty cats). For more information and her blog please visit Lori’s website.