In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Christ taught us to care for each other, even if we're strangers.
As many of you know, I'm in a wheelchair. When CL and I go grocery shopping, CL pushes the cart and I follow along side using my feet to pedal in my wheelchair. All-in-all, it works out pretty good. The hard part is when we're done checking out and heading to the car. Our local Wal-Mart has a sloping parking lot and it's too steep for me to handle on my own. CL usually does a great job hanging on to my wheelchair with one hand and pulling the grocery cart with the other hand.
One day while doing our balancing act in the parking lot, we heard a voice from behind say, "Can I push your cart for you?" Wow, were we surprised. Grateful for the help we said yes. We were parked at the other end of the parking lot and this sweet woman pushed our cart all the way for us. Since then, we have been aided on a regular basis from total strangers just wanting to help. People are so awesome!
Another act of Good Samaritan-izm happened, at a Sunday meeting, several weeks ago. During this meeting the Lord taught me a great lesson. It was Stake Conference, (a local Church meeting made up of 8 Wards - Congregations.) The meeting was 2 hours long. Across the aisle was a father and his young daughter. Throughout the meeting I could see the father diligently trying to keep his toddler quietly entertained. She looked about 2 years old. As the meeting progressed, the little girl got bored and started throwing a tantrum, not just a little one, but, a BIG one. I was so glad when the father finally took her out. I said to myself, "Now I can concentrate on what the speaker was saying," (which, by the way was about being more Christ-like). Ummmmmm, do ya get the feeling I was missing something...
Well, after a while the father came back with his still reluctant daughter. She was quieter, but I could tell she was on the verge of another tantrum. I quietly shook my head to myself and passed judgement....if I was her mother, I'd get her under control...
All of the sudden, a young girl about 10 years old came from behind, handed the toddler a sheet of stickers and a blank piece of paper. The toddler grew silent and the father gave a very grateful smile. My lesson was learned.
Have you had any similar experiences? I'd enjoy hearing from you!
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