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Distanced Socializing Devotional - 35

For Friday, our devotion was prepared by Cindy Sindel, a member of Christ UMC.

Scripture: Luke 10: 33-34; 37 (NIV)

But 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, took him to an inn and took care of him.

…Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Reflection This parable reminds of what is happening around the world today amidst the pandemic. While each individual isn’t tending to the wounds of another, we are supporting those who do. We are finding ways to be kind to our neighbors and to strangers.

There are caravans driving by to wish someone a Happy Birthday. There are chefs making meals for those who have been laid off and cannot afford groceries. They cook for the healthcare workers who are so tired after working double shifts that they can’t or don’t cook for themselves.

Children make chalk art on the sidewalks and driveways expressing kindness and encouragement. We who can afford to ‘eat out’ are buying more take out meals than usual to support local dining establishments.

During this scary time we are “doing likewise” to support and care for those around us.

Prayer Lord Jesus, thank you for being our example of caring for those around us. Grant us loving and giving hearts so that we may follow the example of The Good Samaritan, caring for those around us. Amen.

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