Our Daughter Needed a Good Samaritan
April 5, 2023 –
My family visited a new church when we lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The church buildings and campus were beautiful. We entered the church, looked around, and sat where we usually sit in a church, left side, halfway back, and on the outside aisle. The sermon was excellent, and the music was traditional hymns.
Once the worship service ended at 10:30, we planned to visit a Sunday school class. Before we could exit our seats, my daughter unexpectedly heaved. Her actions caused some excitement. Worshipers were moving everywhere except in our direction. We are visitors and have a sick child, and we don’t know where the restrooms are.
Anxiously looking around for help, we saw none. People passed on the other side of the aisle. Everyone was continuing to their Bible study class. Finally, a lady in her 70s approached and said, “Don’t worry about the mess. The janitor will clean it up.” Then she moved to the other side of the aisle. Where was our good Samaritan?
The Good Samaritan is a story told by Jesus about a traveler stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead alongside the road from Jerusalem down to Jericho. First, a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man by moving to the other side of the road.
The Bible says, “But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back, I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’”
Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.” (Luke 10:33–37, HCSB)
How real are you when you come upon someone in need?