Respecting Our Neighborhoods Means Respecting Our Neighbors

June 06 2017

We can’t think about respecting our neighborhoods this month without thinking about the parable of the Good Samaritan.

When a young lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?”, he was told the story of the Good Samaritan.

A man was brutally robbed and beaten by thieves and left for dead while on a journey through a treacherous section of road. Soon after, a man came by, saw the injured man, but passed by on the other side of the road. Another man came by and did the same. A third man saw the injured man and took pity on him. He tended his wounds with wine for cleansing and oil to relieve the pain, which was much more than the others had done. But he didn’t stop there…he went above and beyond, putting the man on his donkey and taking him into town for rest and recuperation in a safe place, even paying for the services needed.

What a lesson in being a good neighbor…giving the unexpected and giving without expectation of return. Taking care when it’s inconvenient. Sacrificing when it would be acceptable to do less.

If we are to respect our neighborhoods, we must respect our neighbors so that our neighborhoods become a place of safety for rest and recuperation from the chaos of today’s world.

From my heart to yours, 

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