Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go with him for two miles.
Give to the one who asks of you,
and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.
Sometimes, it seems that those around us have read Matthew’s gospel and have decided to push us to fulfill Jesus’ words to the letter. Though we often feel great sympathy for those in need, we sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed by the numerous demands on our time and resources. Still, we press on to respond as best we can.
It is when I am on the verge of being overwhelmed in this regard that someone always comes along to minister to me. Though my busyness and limited resources are the result of my own choices, this makes no difference to the kind soul who comforts me. He or she simply says just the right things or spends just enough time listening to ease me through this rough spot. Often, this generous individual rolls up his or her sleeves to help with whatever it is I am trying to do. I walk away from these compassion-filled encounters feeling replenished and revived. So it is that I respond to the next person who needs me in kind.
I wonder. Could it be that we are meant to care for one another and to be cared for by one another until we make it home? Then, God will take over the loving and caring for us.
Creator God, thank you for giving us hearts to love as you do.
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