Friday, September 21, 2012

"Do Not Withhold Good"

A good man is concerned 
for the welfare of his animal. 
Proverbs 12:10

I saw them, as it were
On the side of the road
Abandoned, lost and lonely
Hungry, scared, without a home.
Many said, 'It's just an animal'
Ignored, they passed them by
Paws shivered in the darkness
God's creatures soon would die.
But there came a Good Samaritan
Who wrapped him in his coat
Warming him in loving arms
He slept and then awoke.
He met the eyes of his master
The one who took him in
A friend who saw his value
Who would care for him and always defend.
They formed a bond that could not be broken
The master learned so much
From the little one with the cold, wet nose
Both changed the day they touched.
They call it second chances
I call it hearts revived
When freely love is given
And pals walk side by side.
They call it chance encounters
It's not that at all
I believe in divine appointments
To help a friend who calls.
The thing that seems so ordinary
This is what is real
Reaching out to the lowly
To lend the hand that heals.
I pray that we would see them
Realizing their great worth
These treasures sent from Heaven
Every evil intent reversed.
That they may live their lives well cared for
Never again to fear
For a good man concerned for the welfare
Of an animal, that day came near.

As I was inspired to write this poem, it was the story of the Good Samaritan from the book of Luke in the New Testament that first came to mind. The Lord was impressing upon me how much He wants us to be filled with His kindness, mercy and compassion, reaching out wherever there is a need and where it is in our power to do good for He created and cares for all. Though this poem was written about animals I certainly couldn't help but think of the daily opportunities given to us to make a positive difference in the lives of those all around us. I pray that we would allow the gentle, caring hand of God to work through us each day to help alleviate suffering and encourage a heart as we share the love of Christ everywhere we go.
Scripture Meditation:
Proverbs 3:27-28 - Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.  Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,”  when you have it with you.
Luke 10:25-37 - And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”  So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Please consider opening up your heart and home to the precious homeless furry, feathered and scaly friends so much in need and/or giving however you are able.  Visit your local shelter or take in that stray to see how you can make a life changing difference.

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