Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ —Luke 1030-35

I recently told this story to the children at our daycare. Later, one of the boy’s moms told me that her son was very upset with the two people who did not help the man who was hurt. He could not believe that they would just pass by the man without helping him.

Think of all the help the Lord has gives to us on a daily basis. Think of all He does for us—enables us to breath, see, hear, smell, walk, feel… These things we often don’t think about. Think of His provision for us— place to live, car, clothes, coats, shoes… There are so many things around us that He gives us.

Freely we have received and we are to freely give (Matthew 10:8; Romans 8:32). As we walk through today the Lord may bring us by someone who has a need that we can help with. Will we respond or… walk by on the other side? May we extend the love He has for us to those around us…

Dear Father, may I be sensitive to the people I come in contact with today and serve them according to Your desires. May it be so!

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