Sunday’s Scripture ~ Luke 10:25-37.
Some weeks are more difficult than others. There are stressors, challenges, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, long hours, slow progress, and questions – lots of questions. During difficult weeks I tend to feel like the traveler making her way from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked leaving her beaten and broken along the road.
Eyes cast down. Curled in the fetal position. Longing for relief.
Hoping for a friend.
I am grateful that during difficult weeks that I do not hope in vain. Friends are near, present, and quick to bring comfort. And friends, we need each other.
Friends connect by phone call, text, and email. They offer a hug and then another. They recognize contributions. They listen. They give their time. They offer their humor. They help. They come alongside. They connect.
Friends – loved ones – help us stand, help us heal, and help us make our way forward.
Feeling better with the help of my friends and loved ones reminds me of my responsibility (my joy!) to be the friend and loved one of others – to offer love, support, listening, encouragement, hope, and help. And so I took time to do just that, which further transformed my difficult week into a week that witnesses to our call to care for our sisters and brothers in Christ.
There are people all around us that are wounded – with eyes cast down, curled in the fetal position, longing for relief, hoping for a friend – be it literally or figuratively. And our Jesus calls us to take on the posture of the Samaritan – to connect, to help, and to restore hope.
Who is on your heart to connect with this week? To offer a hand, a smile, and a hug? To share encouragement, humor, and time? I encourage you to do so. These small acts can change the tide of someone’s week. These small acts can save someone’s life.
I am delighted to welcome our friend, certified candidate for ministry, and seminary student, Samantha Aupperlee, in worship leadership this week at Tuskawilla! She will preach at both morning worship services. Join us to hear her sermon on The Good Samaritan and to wish her well on her second year of seminary studies.
Prayer: “‘Go, make of all disciples.’ We hear the call, O Lord, that comes from thee, our Father, in thy eternal Word. Inspire our ways of learning through earnest fervent prayer, and let our daily living reveal thee everywhere.”* Amen.
*“Go, Make Of All Disciples,” The United Methodist Hymnal 571.