EAST SIDE MUSINGS
article is based on the Good Samaritan of Luke 10:30-37.
Please read this scripture reference
before reading what follows.
A certain man moved into our community. He didn't fall among robbers who beat
him and left him half dead. He just moved in. By chance a certain neighbor was going down that way, and when he saw him, passed
by on the other side, saying to himself, "I'll surely miss the opening prayer and besides, the preacher probably know
In like manner another neighbor, when he came to the place and saw the
man, passed by on the other side, saying, "Some people might go in and invite this man to worship, but I'll just wait
until the subject comes up some day and then I'll say, 'Pardon me, I hope you won't get the impression that I am a pushy
church member, but if you ever get a chance, you might like to visit the church some Sunday...that is if you feel like it'."
But a certain member, as he journeyed, came where the man was, and when he saw him, he was moved with compassion
and came to him and welcomed him to the community. During the conversation, he invited him to the church services, told him
how much he would enjoy the simple worship and preaching of the bible, and particularly emphasized how easy it would be for
him to get acquainted if he came to bible study. He left saying, "I'll be by to pick you up Sunday."
And he did, bringing him to the church building and introducing him to the minister and other friends. Then he took
the stranger to the proper class and told the teacher, "Take good care of him, and after I get done teaching my class,
I will come by and get him and sit with him during worship. If I can render any other service, I'll be glad to do it."
Which of these thinkest thou proved to be a neighbor unto him that newly moved into the community?