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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 2, 2018

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FRIDAY, March 2

Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.

Following surgery about fifteen years ago, the night seemed endless. Pain became intolerable, and my post-surgical state left me drifting in and out of nightmares. Complicating my agony was isolation—the attending nurse was surprisingly hostile, refusing to answer repeated requests for help. At 2 a.m., she finally called the doctor, who said that the pain medication should have been increased hours earlier. I was in a safe place, but that night was agony.

Yet it was only one night. I think of those who are in life-and-death situations, those for whom the world is rarely safe. Some may live in our own neighborhoods, their suffering unknown to us. Some live a world away; we only see their faces on the news. Many die without us even knowing they lived. Perhaps that is why the story of the Good Samaritan is so beloved, understood in both secular and religious cultures.

Imagine the beaten and half-dead traveler on that dangerous road to Jericho—bruised and beaten, unable to speak, passed over by many, but rescued by one brave and thoughtful man.

MOVING FORWARD: Today, think of that Good Samaritan and reach out, lend a hand, offer a cup of water—and possibly save a life.

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 10:21-42

PRAY for the Diocese of Barrackpore (India)

Today the Church remembers Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, 672.

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