“But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.” Luke 10:33-34
Nothing says Christmas like family, food and fun. There’s the turkey in the oven, the smell of dressing floating through the house, laughter echoing through the walls and beautifully wrapped presents placed under the tree. For some this is the holiday they look forward to, for others it is the saddest and loneliest time of the year. This year I decided to create an oasis of kindness by cooking and delivering a meal to those who are at work and can’t be with their families for the holiday.
Speaking of kindness, there was a Samaritan who was on the same road as two other people. As they walked they each saw a man who had been robbed, beaten, and left on the side of the road. While others had passed without stopping, the Samaritan decided that his journey was not as important as his responsibility to help the broken.
The Samaritan took care of the man by bandaging his wounds and paying for a place for him to stay for the night. If Jesus saw someone on the side of the road feeling hopeless and in despair, He would stop and become what was needed in that moment. The Samaritan had compassion. Compassion is selfless, kind, and merciful. Be all of these and more this holiday season.
Lord, forgive me for the times I think more of myself than others. Help me to be more like Christ by making sure those around me are not in want and by helping those I meet along the way. Keep me mindful of your compassion. Amen.
When you plan your grocery list this holiday season, add a few more items for someone who may be in need. If you can’t think of anyone, ask God to show you and allow room in your heart to be obedient to His instructions.