I believe the parable of the good Samaritan speaks to me in a new and different way. The priest and the Levite, who passed by the wounded man in the story, represent the part of me that attempts to pass by my emotional and spiritual needs. All my life, I have been so devoted to caring for others that I have often neglected my own needs. Loving my old soul means having compassion for my frail and feeble state. It’s time to be good to myself, accepting my frailty, forgiving myself for wrongs I have done to others and the foolish choices I made in my life.
—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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But a Samaritan while traveling came upon [the wounded man who had been left for dead], and when he saw him he was moved with compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, treating them with oil and wine.
—Luke 10:33-34 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord of love, grant me courage to accept my trials, learn to
endure them with patience, and realize that such courage
and faith create character. Amen.
Prayer by Richard L. Morgan
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