Who is my neighbor?

ImageSomething happened today that has haunted me all day. I tried to do something about it, but was unable. I can hardly write about it without wanting to cry. I had some early morning work to do so I headed to the church early and was driving West on the EW at speed limit when I saw a car, in my rear view mirror, rushing up behind me, changed lanes, then right back in front of me and straight over to the lane on my right, “WOW, what a dummy”, I thought! The light turned red and we were beside each other, I decided to sneak a peek at the idiot that was using the road as their personal German autobahn! I looked to my right and this person had their head back, at first I thought they were laughing hysterically, then her head fell forward to the steering wheel, and back up, mouth wide open, she was crying out loud. “OH GOD”, I rolled my window down and called “MAM, OH MAM CAN I HELP YOU?” She was crying, her window was up, the light changed and she speeded off and was too far ahead of me to see her again. I felt terrible, I had judged this poor woman so harshly, not to anyone out loud, but I knew what I had thought. There have been times that I came upon someone that was crying, or needed money to buy all the groceries they had on the counter, I even told you about the old woman with the eye that bugged out, you know, the one that told me she would love me forever and then disappeared? What to do though, when you are totally helpless to do anything? Romans 8:28 “If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Knowing that scripture as I do, I began to pray in the Spirit because I didn’t know what she needed. She was headed in the direction of Cobb Wellstar, or the funeral home is just up the road, I will never know, but I know I prayed. This is one of those times when praying for “solution” comes to mind! When a religious scholar asked Jesus a question about “who” his neighbor was, Jesus told the story of a man who had been beaten, left in a ditch to die, and passed by unnoticed by a Priest and a Levite. Samaritans were not friendly with the Jews but…Luke 10:25-25 “A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’ Jesus then advised the scholar to go and do likewise!  Matthew 5:43-47″ You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.” Pray that God will make “divine appointments” for you every day, and pray that you will have the wisdom to recognize this appointment, and the knowledge of the right way to react, or help. Pray in the Spirit for what you don’t understand and help me pray for this poor woman, whoever or where ever she is, this woman is our neighbor!

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