Like most men, I’m not as emotional as my wife, nor do I get involved in the lives as others like she does. However, today I witnessed something gut-wrenching. On my out of a local restaurant, I saw an elderly man with his head down on a table. Continuing toward the exit, I noticed the reason for his grief on the other side of the glass, a lone suitcase on the floor.
Before the days of retirement communities, families took care of and watched over their grandparents. This wasn’t a nuisance or something to dread, rather it was expected. This was the least you could do to pay homage to the legacy each lived. Unfortunately, this man is a casualty of the times, a victim of families destroyed by abuse, abandonment and divorce. With no where to go, this broke man took a break from his misery, hoping to wake up with a place to call home. How would you respond to this situation?
Before my eyes was a modern day parable of the good Samaritan, Luke 10. Immediately following the sending out of 72 disciples, they were put to the test to see what they were made of. As for me, I re-enacted the character of the priest and Levites, pausing before moving on with my life. Disappointed by my failure, I pray that a good Samaritan arrives to lend a helping hand. When you face a similar scene, how will you respond to this? May the Holy Spirit fill you with a heart of action to be the hands and feet of Christ to the brokenhearted.
by Jay Mankus