In our second look at the Parables of Jesus, we looked at the theme of strangers.  Rev. Campbell focused on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, likening it to her own experience on the youth mission trip to San Francisco.  Looking back, she realized that her  wise human choices weren’t necessarily God’s choices.  The question of ‘who is my neighbor?’ and ‘who shall I help?’  is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago.  In the kingdom of Jesus Christ, every life matters, not just the ‘safe’ ones.  This parable, at its core, is a model of  how God treats us.  WE are the person, lying bruised and battered on the side of the road, beat up by life. God is the person who does not walk by but comes to us and tends to our needs.  God doesn’t ask why we are lying there.  He doesn’t ask if it was our own fault or if we had learned our lesson from our situation.  He just helps us.  And he charges us to go out and do likewise.

Based on Luke 10:25-37 and Hebrews 13:1-2.