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“Good Samaritans Galore.” – Doc Meek

Friday, October 22, 2010. I am so grateful that there are good Samaritans everywhere!


Yesterday, as I was driving away from the library, I noticed an elderly lady in a handicap scooter. It was tipped over and she was lying sideways on the pavement next to the sidewalk. No one seemed to notice her!

I immediately parked my car and made haste to help her up. As I came up to her I noted that six other cars had likewise parked in a rush, and 3 guys and 3 gals were helping to right the lady and her scooter.

Good Samaritans Galore!

When I got back to my car, I wept.

Tears of joy!

Apparently the elderly lady had driven along the sidewalk in her scooter and hadn’t noticed that there was no sloped surface leading to the road. She dropped off the curb and her scooter tipped over!

I guess no one ever thought to put roll bars on a handicap scooter!

Doc Meek, Friday, October 22, 2010, at Nose Hill Public Library, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

Addendum (image and text below from Wikipedia):


 This stained glass window illustrating the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) shows the priest and the Levite in the background (Church of St. Eutrope, Clermont-Ferrand, France).
“The parable of the Good Samaritan is a parable told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (10:25-37). In the parable, a Jewish traveller is beaten, robbed, and left half dead along the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan comes by. Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured Jew. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to a question regarding the identity of the “neighbour” which Leviticus 19:18 says should be loved.Portraying a Samaritan in positive light would have come as a shock to Jesus’ audience.[1] It is typical of his provocative speech in which conventional expectations are inverted.[1]

“Some Christians, such as Augustine, have interpreted the parable allegorically, with the Samaritan representing Jesus Christ, who saves the sinful soul.[2] Others, however, discount this allegory as unrelated to the parable’s original meaning,[2] and see the parable as exemplifying the ethics of Jesus, which have won nearly universal praise, even from those outside the Church.[3]

“The parable has inspired painting, sculpture, poetry, and film. The colloquial phrase “good Samaritan,” meaning someone who helps a stranger, derives from this parable, and many hospitals and charitable organisations are named after the Good Samaritan.”

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