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The Good Samaritan Came to Me

March 18, 2013 by  
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by Donna Rogers

In December 2012, NBC News personnel started a campaign urging people to do 26 acts of kindness to honor the pupils and adults killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre.

Random acts of kindness: This is not a new phenomenon. Jesus talked about it in a parable, the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). The parable also talked about the people who didn’t help the beaten up man.

I often thought I would be a Good Samaritan. But recently, I was the recipient of the kindness.

While I had heard about that parable before, I first heard a speaker provide a new perspective on it at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast years ago. The speaker was the pastor of a local church.

He asked, can you imagine what the man, a Jew, who was robbed and beaten up on the side of the road, thought when the three people eyed him on those three occasions? A priest, a Levite and a Samaritan were people who had a chance to help this man.

When the priest came upon the beaten man, the speaker said, the beaten man probably thought: “Surely this man of God will help me.” But the priest passed by on the other side when he saw the man.

I heard a preacher on television recently say the same thing. The “pastor” avoided the man, in the parable’s updated version.

The speaker at the breakfast continued: When the Levite came upon the beaten man, the beaten man probably thought: “The other man of God didn’t help me, but surely this one will.” But the Levite also passed by on the other side.

I suppose this would be a deacon or equivalent man of God in today’s  updated version.

Then the speaker at the breakfast said: When a Samaritan came upon the beaten man, the beaten man probably thought: “Oh no, here comes another person who will probably beat me more.”  This is because the Jews didn’t think highly of Samaritans. But this man had compassion on the Jewish man and helped him.

The priest and the Levite probably asked themselves: “What will happen to me if I do stop to help this man?” the speaker said. The Samaritan probably asked: “What will happen to this man if I don’t stop to help him?”

We should be like the Good Samaritan, the speaker said.

A man I didn’t know was like a Good Samaritan to me recently.

I was in a store trying to buy office products with a small amount of money. I took out my calculator to figure out my total cost. I don’t know whether I looked like I needed help because of my casual attire or whether the calculator gave me away, but a stranger approached me while I was calculating.

When he got my attention, he was right at my shopping cart. I was taken aback a bit, not sure what to expect. Sadly, bad things happening to people in public places has been all over the news recently.

The stranger didn’t look like a preacher or a deacon; he wasn’t wearing a suit. He had a beard, a dapper cap and nice casual attire. But you never know these days.

The man said to me: “They don’t have the item I want. I have this coupon that I can’t use, and I want you to have it.” Then he gave me the coupon.

I was so surprised that it took me several seconds to comprehend what he said. I looked at the coupon he had given me. It would take $5 off my purchase.

“Thank you!” I said. I was still amazed, so I didn’t get his name or any other information about him before he turned and walked away.

I then turned my attention to the calculator. Wow, $5 would help a lot! I used the coupon and left the store smiling.

The Good Samaritan came to me. I don’t know whether he knew about NBC’s challenge, but to me, he was a parable that came to life.

 

Donna RogersDonna Rogers is a veteran media expert and poet who has a heart for worshiping God and helping others overcome obstacles in life through poetry and inspirational writing.  She’s  contributed several inspiring testimonies to JournEzine.com  this year.  Donna has written two books of poetry and numerous inspirational writings detailing how God works in the lives of people who trust and seek Him.  Donna is married to Ron Rogers, a political cartoonist and illustrator who created covers for Donna’s books and greeting cards. More books are in Donna’s publishing future.  (Donna Rogers can be reached via email at d.rogers.expert@gmail.com)

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