Last night at church, we had a visiting preacher bring a message based on the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. I, and many others, have been praying for Chelsea Smith – the step-daughter of Chris LoCurto. I began thinking and praying for them throughout the service.

Here is the passage about the Good Samaritan:

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. (Luke 10:30-37 KJV)

I don’t want to be the Pharasee that just looked the other way and walked on. I don’t want to be the Levite that added insult to injury by stopping and looking before walking on.

I want to be like the out-cast Samaritan that took the time and effort to do what he could to help the person in need.

Question: How can you and I be a help to those around us?