Good Samaritan, Day 2

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Good Samaritan, Day 2

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Good Samaritan, Day 2

Written by Luz Leigh - 28 July 2009

Today I went to the local Senior Citizens lunch at the library ... weekly event. Just after we were seated, an older gentlemen entered, and after getting his plate he made his way to the table where I was seated. He sat by himself, several chairs away, and no one said anything to him. Then I began to try to talk with him; he has a severe hearing problem (mine is only slight). I did not recognize him at first, but after he introduced himself, I then realized he had been a customer at City Hall when I worked there. We visited some; then he left, taking his uneaten food with him...for his supper, he said. As the man was leaving, he said he would come back next week and bring a friend of his. Turns out...the friend is someone I knew way back in the 1970s. Hard to think of him as being a senior citizen. LOL

After all the other seniors had left, I was visiting with the lady who brings the food and serves it to us. I mentioned our pastor's sermon on the Good Samaritan and how I missed my opportunity yesterday. She smiled and said, "I think He presented you another opportunity today ... and you took it." She told me she was so glad that I talked to the man when no one else did. I never thought about it in that light ... but I guess the Lord did test me to see what I would do. The man lives in an area of town where one does not want to walk after dark; he does not attend a church that any of us attends; his hearing handicap causes him to tend to be loner. I had never been in a social setting with him before, but something told me to reach out to the man ... try to draw him into our conversations.

So, I feel better ... but I will keep watching for other opportunities He presents me with this week. After sharing this with a dear friend, he emailed me the following:

The best part of the story is the fact that you are so used to being a good samaritan that it took someone else to point it out :) GBU sass That is my goal; that being a Good Samaritan will be the norm for me. And with God's help, I can attain that goal.

Today I have been humbled just knowing my Father does not give up on me, nor on others. If we fall, we are to get up, dust ourselves off, and try again. In our daily Bible reading today, Paul was writing to young Timothy, giving him instructions on how a workman can be approved unto God. The focal verse is 2 Timothy 2:21 "If a man therefore purge himself from these, (Sara's note: speaking of iniquities in our lives) he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meat for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." I quote from the Open Windows: "When we empty ourselves of all that is dishonorable and become refined honorable vessels, we can serve as fine china for the purposes of our Heavenly Father." I have a long way to go, but I'm working at being a "refined honorable vessel."

Thank you, Father, for giving me another opportunity to honor You.

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