"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.
Working with hospice patients I have discovered there is a difference between curing a patient and caring for a patient.
Care is something other than cure.
Care is being with, crying out with, suffering with, feeling with. Care is compassion. It is claiming the truth that the other person is my brother or sister, human, mortal, vulnerable, like I am.
When care is our first concern, cure can be received as a gift. Often we are not able to cure, but we are always able to care. To care is to be human.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.