Being a Good Neighbor on National Good Samaritan Day
Happy National Good Samaritan Day! Today we celebrate kindness in all its forms.
National Good Samaritan Day is a national observance providing an opportunity for us to spread goodwill, show compassion for others in need, and share love with all.
Many of you may have heard the parable of the “good Samaritan” from the Bible (Luke 10:25-37). The parable portrays a good-natured Samaritan who helps an injured stranger in need, despite their religious and ideological differences. The term is used today to describe those who perform acts of kindness for those in need, especially those who are strangers.
We reflect on this parable significantly this Lenten season, as the lesson to “love your neighbor as yourself” begs us to ask the question, who is my neighbor?
Sometimes our neighbors are not those we physically see or interact with every day. Sometimes our neighbors are those who are the least visible, those who need the mercy and advocacy of others in order to be seen.
How can you be a good Samaritan today?
Helping someone only takes a one, loving moment… smile at a stranger passing by, compliment your cashier, donate blood, let someone step in front of you in line, offer to pay the tab for the person behind you in the Starbucks drive-through.
Give an Act of Love!
There are many ways to share kindness with the children and families at Pwoje Espwa today:
Make a Lenten donation in honor of Good Samaritan Day
Make a Sacrificial offering to one of our core programs by supporting:
- Life Skills and Vocational After-School Program, or
- Youth Empowerment Program
Be an advocate! Share our mission and your love for Pwoje Espwa with friends and family
Include Espwa and its staff, families, and children in your Lenten devotional prayers for the month of March