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How to be a good neighbor

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. Luke 10:33

The Good Samaritan was practical in his neighborliness. He used the homely remedies at hand for first aid and the donkey for transportation. He carried the injured man to an inn where there were facilities for his care. He nursed him for one night and then left him to the care of the innkeeper. He did not leave a fortune, but estimated what was needed. In the promise to pay the balance was the hint of an audit.  True neighborliness seeds practical means of doing needed service.


Dear God and Father of us all, we thank Thee for those who have been neighbors to us along life’s way. Enable us to keep their spirit alive in the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Devotional:  Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore