“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender heart” – Henri Nouwen.
Binding up their wounds
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.
In the story of the Good Samaritan we see that he got down from the donkey, bandaged the wounded man, and took him to the inn. He also went the extra mile to pay for all the costs and said that he would reimburse on his return any additional expenses incurred.
The Priest and the Levite also had the opportunity to care for the wounded man, but they chose to walk away because they considered their work more important.
This story is related to us by Jesus, and is relevant to us today. Work schedules and our commitment to do good work, crowd in to the extent that we do not have time to care for the broken hearted and the wounded. We too pass by the wounded and do not care to stop.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted and to those who are crushed in spirit. Let us not lose the opportunity to care for and bring them to the inn. The opportunity may be at your door.
You said “come unto me all those who are burden and heavy laden”, and said You will give them rest. I pray that we too, with your strength, will be able to comfort and bind up the wounds of those who are crushed in spirit. Amen.
God Bless you,
Theo and Manju