Where I live, it's snowy. As you can see from the photo above.
I live in a neighborhood, as you can also see from the photo above. And that is new to me. Yes, I used to live in a neighborhood before, kinda, but we were on 1 acre lots with no sidewalks and no city services.
So, when I went to check my mail in this neighborhood, where I now live, with all the services, I was not sure if what I was seeing was normal or not. You see, the area around the mailboxes had been shoveled.
I was perplexed.
The roads hadn't been plowed, the mail hadn't been delivered. Had the city sent out a special crew just to shovel around the mailboxes?
Absurd. Besides, mail is like a federal thing right? And we all know how bad the federal government is at executing things. (Think Obamacare.) Can't be them.
So who was this mysterious snow shoveler? Who on earth would shovel snow voluntarily?
Well, it took a few weeks, but I finally caught her in the act. I saw the woman who lives across the street come over and shovel the area the last time it snowed.
How lovely. How kind. How thoughtful.
Now, we could spend a lot of time speculating as to the motives, but really, it doesn't matter. I have an actual Good Samaritan living in my neighborhood.
And I want to go and do the same.
"Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by the bandits?" Jesus asked.
The man replied, "The one who showed him mercy. "
Then Jesus said, "Yes, now go and do the same." Luke 10:36-37