Welcome to our first blog post of our time apart. First I would like to say that I hope and pray you all are doing well. I know it is a different and sometimes difficult situation we find ourselves in and I would urge you during this time if you can to rekindle a passion that might have slowed down with the busyness of life. Maybe its painting, crafts, reading, writing, etc. Whatever it may be, maybe this is a time to rekindle that.
Parents with small children. I know this maybe impossible, but I hope you find peace. I pray you don’t get burned out with having the kids home all day and nowhere to take them. You will be in our prayers.
If anyone needs anything during this time please reach out to the Elders in your Shepard Groups or to me. We don’t want anyone struggling during this time, if we can help.
These blogs that I and others will be writing during this time is a way for us to interact together and keep our fellowship going.
So here is my message
As I thought about what my first blog was going to be about a story in the bible often came to mind. The story of the Good Samaritan.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”