Daily Readings/ Editorial
Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, March 24:
Monday: Luke 10:25-37
Tuesday: Deuteronomy 6:1-5
Wednesday: Leviticus 19:13-18
Thursday: Micah 6:6-8
Friday: Isaiah 58:6-11
Saturday: Luke 10:25-37
Go And Do Likewise
Pastor and author Gordon McDonald tells about the time when he and his wife boarded an airplane to fly home after an exhausting trip. No sooner had they found their seats near the back of the plane when a woman and two small children came down the aisle followed closely by another woman. He assumed that the two women were together because they took seats A and C. One of the children sat in the middle seat, while the smaller child was seated on the lap of the woman by the aisle. He hoped the kids would not be noisy because he was very tired.
When the plane lifted off, his hopes were dashed. Both children had a very rough time. The air was turbulent, causing the children’s ears to hurt. The children began to cry a lot! Both women were doing all they could to help the kids. The woman next to the window not only talked to the little girl in the middle seat, but tried to divert her attention by playing a game with her. Pastor McDonald thought, “These two women should get a medal for what they are doing.” But then, things got even worse as the plane began its final descent. The child in the middle seat became ill and lost everything from every part of her body. Her diaper wasn’t on tight and the stench was unbearable. It was a terrible mess not just on the seats and the floor but on both women who were trying to care for the children.
Pastor McDonald said it was so repulsive that he, too, almost became ill. Amazingly, the woman next to the window did her best to clean up the child and make the most of a bad situation that had become even worse. Finally, when the plane landed and reached the gate, the flight attendant rushed to the back with damp paper towels and handed them to the woman next to the window. She said, “These are for you and your little girl.” The woman said, “Oh, no, she isn’t my little girl.” The flight attendant was shocked and asked, “Aren’t you traveling together?” “No,” the woman replied, “I have never met this woman and these children before in my life.” Pastor McDonald thought to himself that was certainly a demonstration of being a neighbor like Jesus talked about in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Then he wondered if he would go and do likewise. Would we? Join us Sunday as we talk more about what Jesus meant.