Lenten Hump Day Prayer for March 20, 2013

Israel: Judea and Samaria District according t...
Israel: Judea and Samaria District according to official Israeli regulations. Unlike other administrative districts of Israel, this district is not entirely territorial – it includes only the Israeli settlements in the West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem which was annexed to Israeli Jerusalem district). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“…when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”

Acts 1:8 (MSG)

Samaria, Lord?

That place?

Those people?

You mean, after Lent, after Holy Week, after Easter… after all the celebrating and hosannying and joy

the message is to go to Samaria?

Them?

Why me Father?

Why not Steve and Lisa, fourth pew ahead on the left?

They gots’ lots of love for people?

What did you say?

They have their own Samaria?

Really?

They have a group of people they have trouble relating to or being around?

ARE YOU SERIOUS GOD?

WHAT? WE ALL DO?

Whose mine, Lord?

(Oh, I knew that I should not have asked that question)

Really Lord, them?

Him?

Her too?

Wha..how..do I uh, care for them?

Listen to them?

Be with them?

Pray for them?

Love them?

(Pregnant pause)

Okay, Lord, I’ll try…

Okay, I am willing

Help me because they are so, so, so

Like me?

Really God, they are?

Maybe they are…

Maybe they are…

“Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself…“And who is my neighbor?”

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him…

Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.

Amen.

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