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Topic: Hospitality (02/07/05)
TITLE: SWEET HOSPITALITY
By Carol Adams
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He has a young man on a journey. An array of beauty fell upon his eyes as
he walked along. The beauty of the flowers, trees, and green grass filled his senses. The skies were as blue as the ocean. Such glory there is in this creation, he pondered. As the warm breeze rustled through his black hair, he dreamt knew dreams of a life filled with pleasures beyond his wildest imaginations. He could not wait to get to his destination; and these thoughts made him quicken his pace a little faster.
Up ahead was a bend in the road known to be a place where robberies took place. He was confident that he would be well and nothing would befall him for he had purpose that nearly intoxicated him. He had money in his pocket, clothes and food to sustain him for his travels. He was lost in his ethereal world. Before he knew it, the robbers were upon him. They kicked and hit him unmerciful. They took his purse, clothes and food and left him bruised and bleeding. His agony was beyond his belief. Oh, how he hurt! His wounds were wretched, his ribs were broken which made breath and movement almost impossible. He was dying. If someone would just help him then maybe he would be all right, as he faded into unconsciousness.
As it were, a priest was coming down the road and saw the wounded young man. The beaten young man was bleeding profusely and groaning in deep agony, but the priest merely glanced at him, crossed over to the other side, and did not even offer to help. Not long after, a Levite came upon him, saw him and passed over to the other side as well. Neither the priest nor the Levite had compassion for one of their own. Each in their position was recognized in leadership, and to their shame, they both defaulted.
Along came a Samaritan who was on a journey also, and not only saw the wounded man, but also stopped and had great compassion on him. The Jews and Samaritans typically had deep hatred for each other. This Samaritan, however, was deeply touched in his soul to help. He gathered bandages together and bound up his wounds, poured oil and wine to cleanse and purify, lifted him up, put him on his donkey, took him to a motel, and personally took care of him. He went above and beyond. However, it did not stop there, he offered the innkeeper extra money and more to care for him until he returned from his journey. Who showed the greatest hospitality? Who loved more? Love demonstrates in action regardless of race, creed or social status. The Samaritan demonstrated sweet hospitality!
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