Our congregation is celebrating a summer of favorite things, and I’m preaching each week about a favorite thing of mine, inspired by the lectionary gospel text. This week’s favorite thing: “Neighbors”! What’s not to like about having good neighbors? What are the challenges of being a good neighbor?
I offer you this true-story illustration:
One Sunday, 25+ years ago, I had a minor, yet debilitating, vehicle malfunction as I was passing a restaurant where many of my fellow church members went after church for dinner. I had a six year old daughter in the car with me, and I was eight months pregnant. In July. In Dallas, Texas.
In the mid-1980s, there were no cellphones. So, I took the six year old and went into the restaurant to look for a pay phone to call for help. I made several phone calls to some phone numbers I could remember. I could not find anyone who could come and help us out.
One such futile phone call was to my own church, where I was a layperson, and where I had just worshipped minutes before. There was a mission committee meeting in progress. The committee member I spoke with said no one could come until after the meeting ended!
I was holding back tears — and hungry — with no money. During this whole time, I thought I could see church members eating at tables in the restaurant. Without staring, I couldn’t be certain. And I didn’t want to interrupt their meal with my woes. Several of them — days later — asked me if I was having some trouble there that day. They had wondered if maybe something was wrong.
While I stood in the restaurant lobby — in full view of concerned church members — trying to figure out what to do, a stranger approached and asked if we needed help. After a short conversation, he offered to give us a ride back to church. We gratefully accepted his offer.
Who’s been a good Samaritan to you?
How will you make this story relevant to your world in 2013?
Or are you using a different story/text altogether?
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