We can respond to our pain with the Samaritan part of ourselves, a part that unexpectedly exceeds expectations and comes to our own aid. Our past experiences and current struggles may make it difficult, but we are capable of showing up to care for ourselves. Jesus points to the one who is least likely to extend mercy as the example of showing mercy. Sometimes we feel like the least likely candidates to help ourselves, unequipped and overwhelmed. But locating compassion for ourselves within ourselves can carry us a long way toward healing.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him.
—Luke 10:34 (CEB)
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