"He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him." ~ Luke 10: 34
The story of the "Good Samaritan" reminds us that caring for one another has many different descriptions.
Within this story, the one person who is thought to be the less-likely to extend hospitality is the only person to stop and administer help.
There is a difference between caring or someone and curing that person.
Caring for someone is the actual act of being, suffering with, feeling with, and at times, crying out with. It is somehow responding in a way that creates a bond. It is also recognizing in one another our own "humannness" and that like all of God's creation, we are vulnerable and mortal.
When we make caring for one another our first concern, then cure can be received as a gift.
One thing is certain, we are not always able to find a cure for what the person is going through, however, we can show up and care. To care for one another is the embodiment of Christ in and for one another.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.