Helping Hands

If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. If its owner does not live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it. Do the same if you find your neighbor’s donkey, clothing, or anything else your neighbor loses. Don’t ignore your responsibility. Deuteronomy 22:1-3

I read these verses today during my quiet time.

What jumped out to me was the reminder to care for your neighbor and not to pretend like you don’t see it when they need help.

The truth is we are called to love them as we love ourselves.

As I meditated on this, I thought to myself: Do I jump in and help when I see someone needs it, or do I have to be asked? I know for a fact that many people don’t or won’t ask for help.

Am I there for others physically, emotionally, and mentally as a friend and neighbor? Am I in the present when we are together? I see many people on the phone even at dinner. There’s just something wrong with that, in my opinion. We have to be engaged with others in the NOW.

How can we help people we don’t see or care for? I often find myself so wrapped up in myself that I don’t pay attention to the needs of others. I realize I have a responsibility to reach out to others and be of some help when I can. I can’t always wait from them to ask for it.

Prayer: Father, thank you for this reminder love and care for those in my life. I am here to be salt and light on the earth so let me be so. Help me to open my arms and help those in need without being asked to. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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