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Last Sunday after church and lunch at a Mexican restaurant, I drove past a broken-down car with the owner, a young woman, sitting on the ground with a grubby child by a flat tire. The contents of her trunk were strewn in the dirt. She was speaking on her cell phone.

I thought about stopping. But I had a full suite of things on my ToDo list. I had noticed that many other cars just drove on by. The scene reminded me of the Good Samaritan story.

I turned the car around and came back. Rolled down my windscreen and asked the woman if I could help. She was talking on her cellphone when I interrupted her. She asked me if I had a spare tire donut, which I did not.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The Good Samaritan story in brief. • A modern-day example of helping someone not like us.

One of my favorite stories of Jesus is the Good Samaritan. A man was beaten and left for dead in a pitiless desert on the way to Jericho. Two leaders of the Jewish church ignored the man – their compassion trumped by their ritual religious rules. A Samaritan, despised by the Jews, stopped to help. Patched the man up, put him on his donkey, and took him to an inn where he payed the innkeeper to oversee the man’s recovery.

The story is about compassion in action, even though apparently the Samaritan was a businessman with his own pressing goals (he left the innkeeper with money to care for the beaten man).… More

Refugees, the nowhere people: Robyn, my niece, is 33 years old and a fashion designer, married to a Brit, and living in London. She has a sense of compassion for the suffering, and she speaks up when she has a concern. Robyn shared on Facebook a video about refugees in Syria, and this got me thinking. Based on her info, I wrote the blog and invited her personal comments…..they can be found at the end.

I was already aware of the terrible situation in Syria, but found myself wondering how relevant it is to Americans. After almost three years of civil war in that country (where part of the population is Christian), here is the situation: • Total population of Syria is about 20 million.… More

Inspiring Stories – This article is dedicated to Garland and Sylvianna, who are featured below and are also getting married this coming Saturday. Congratulations!

Praying is good. Offering tangible help is good. Praying is easy. Offering and providing tangible help is harder. The following are some inspiring recent examples of tangible help that have come to my attention:

>>From my grand-daughter Morgan. Here are her own words: “Today God was really really speaking to me. I’ve kept $100 bill in my purse for weeks now. Something just told me not to deposit it in my account but to keep it in my wallet. I NEVER keep cash, ever! So this was unusual for me. Today at church we were informed of a homeless woman that was brought to church in the earlier service and they were taking donations to go towards her and other homeless people.… More

Last Saturday morning I received a request to help a neighbor.Well, not exactly a neighbor in my subdivision, but an acquaintance that I know from a home Bible study. First of all, the recent week of rain in New Mexico broke the worst two-year drought on record. Moreover, it caused caused local flooding. It was an extension of the rains which caused the terrifying floods along the Front Range in Colorado. The email request stated that sand needed to be cleaned out of Jerry’s back yard, and to bring a shovel.

I rolled up with my caramel latte, gloves and shovel around 8 am on a Saturday, and was surprised to see a bulldozer there. Around the back of the house, I was astonished to see about four feet of sand covering Jerry’s entire backyard.… More

I was flying Southwest from Houston back to ABQ after a challenging all-day course I presented on the shale-gas revolution to a large Oil and Gas company. Waiting at the departure gate I looked up from my laptop to see an elderly man, tall and very thin, with untidy hair and poorly dressed, who was also waiting to catch my flight. I wonder how he can afford a plane ticket? was my thought.

My boarding pass was numbered A41, and so I was able to pick an aisle seat near the front of the plane. I settled in to read USA Today while the rest of the 200 or so passengers boarded. A man with a Balbo beard under a ball-cap was already seated by the window in my row, and we both were hoping a Jennifer Aniston would come and sit between us.… More

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