30. Jesus replied with a story: "A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. 31 "By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. 33 Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

36 "Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?" Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, "The one who showed him mercy." Then Jesus said, "Yes, now go and do the same." Luke 10:30-37

I thought about these scriptures in the Bible after talking to my youngest daughter one day about helping people and how people need people. Sometimes people have a tendency to ignore others in desperate need. I would like to think that for the majority, it is not intentional. It was then that she shared some information with me of which I was not aware.

A few years ago on her way to a study group, as she was driving, a deer ran in front of her car. As she swerved to avoid hitting it, her car flipped and landed upside-down. As she sat there still in her seat-belt, suspended upside-down and beating on her window, people passed by her and never stopped, some even slowed down, looked at her and kept going. Finally, a young man did stop, broke her window, and got her out.  He gave her his coat to keep warm (It was very cold that night). He waited on her father and me to get there, talked with us and then waited with us for the police to arrive. When she tried to return his coat to him, he refused it and told her to keep it. Until this day, she still has his coat hanging in her closet. He never gave her his name or asked for anything in return for his help.

This goes to show us that we all need somebody, and somebody needs us as well. This is the Holiday Season and somebody needs you. Don’t pass by them, but stop.

Jesus did it for us, so let us show mercy and go and do the same.