Read Luke 10:25 -37 - The good Samaritan
But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend. ' " Luke 10: 33-35 (NRSV)
Andrew Billings, from Alabama, had read the story of the good Samaritan many times before he realized that the Samaritan's good deeds did not all happen on a single day. On the first day, he took the man to an inn and cared for him. On the second, he paid the innkeeper to give further aid to the man. In that exchange, he told the innkeeper he would return later on.
Many times when we become a good Samaritan ourselves, we do our single good deed and then return to our normal lives, proud of the gift we've given. Nothing is wrong with that, but the Samaritan's story tells us much more. He cared for a person more than one day and said he would be back. His promise to return demonstrates that the continued welfare of people in need should always be at the forefront of our minds.
Andrew has tried to model this understanding with family and friends who have needed help. Revisiting them for a moment to make sure they're alright shows our love for them. Additionally, it keeps us mindful of the need for extended care for those who need us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, if there is a need, give us wisdom and courage to draw on your strength as we offer your love to others, in Jesus' name. Amen.