Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Snowpocalypse Samaritans

Parking lot covered in snow and ice
"A Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 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. The next day he took out two denarii 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.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” -Luke 10:33-37
With Atlanta now undergoing round 2 of Snowpocalypse, I was reminded of round 1 a couple weeks back and the stories of people helping strangers whether through giving food, water, a place to stay, a ride back to their car, or other neighborly activities. Though many people went through some very difficult scenarios, as a whole, the Atlanta community really stepped up to the challenge. I hesitate to call it a natural disaster but there were similarities to what happens during a natural disaster. People dropped their protective personal bubble and helped others without expectation of anything in return.

In a way, it would be cool if things were more like that in every day life. Safety is always top of mind and bad apples in society unfortunately have sown distrust in strangers as a category. But at least for a couple days it was neat to see how people genuinely cared for each other and lived out the Good Samaritan parable in real life.

Always be careful and keep safety in mind but be conscious of the Holy Spirit if He prompts you to say something to or do something for a stranger. Sometimes He uses us to meet needs and be the hands and feet that answer people's prayers.

In pursuit of His best,


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