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Meditation — December 5, 2017

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Scripture: . . . “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite . . .  But a Samaritan . . . came where the man was;  . . .  he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds . . . he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins 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?” Luke 10:30-36.

Prayer: Lord, heighten my awareness of those in my midst in need, especially when I allow my eyes to miss their torment.

Response: Those in your midst also include loved ones who seek to be separate in their aloneness, or those who communicate their hurt to you by their silence, or in seemingly unprovoked words. What they are revealing in both instances is that they feel stripped in some sense.

This is a season for you to calibrate your attention to catch even the whisper of hurt or pain, and to respond to it in a thoughtful manner—even if that response is directing your diligent prayer to ask the Lord’s favor.

See yourself today traveling between Jerusalem and Jericho. Do your best to observe and respond to those you encounter with the Lord’s compassion. Praise God!

All for this morning.

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