How many times have we hesitated to show kindness to someone? When looking at them, we weren’t sure of their situation, how they got there, or why they needed help. Or we hesitated to help because we were too busy, blamed them for their poor choices, or didn’t want to get involved. When I think about kindness, I’m reminded of the parable in Luke 10 about the good Samaritan. It tells of a man who was making the desolate and dangerous trip from Jerusalem to Jericho and was robbed, beaten, and left for dead. A priest went by but did not stop to help him; so did a Levite. But when a Samaritan ( a member of a group despised by the Jews) passed by, he took pity on the man and bandaged his wounds, put him on his donkey, and traveled to an inn and took care of him. This act of kindness is how Jesus calls us to love one another; without judgment, loving our neighbor as ourselves. My prayer for today is that we can be quick to show compassion and kindness and love each other as Jesus loves us. Amen.

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