A Story from Sunday School

By February 23, 2022No Comments

This past week in children’s Sunday school, our kids got to hear Jeannie tell the parable of the Good Samaritan. In this story, a man walks down a path when he is attacked and left for dead by two thieves. A priest walks along the path and avoids the dying man, then a Levite also avoids the man. Finally, a Samaritan walks by and sees the man in need. He helps him and even pays for the man to recover in an inn.

You should have seen and heard the children’s responses to this story. They were devastated by the thieves’ actions and the priest and Levite’s avoidance. They all knew the Samaritan was being a good neighbor. Then, Jeannie asked the question, “Why do you think the Priest and the Levite walked away from the hurt man?” My mind instantly thought of the answer I had always thought– they were more worried about being clean and getting to their destination than the people around them. But, a 4th-grade boy said, “Maybe they were afraid.” Wow. He went on to say they were afraid the people who hurt the man were still around waiting to hurt them. I was blown away by his answer. Instead of blaming the other people who walked right by, this boy acknowledged sometimes when we help others, there can be a risk. It isn’t so simple all the time. He heard this story and had compassion for these people. 

There are so many times when I jump to conclusions about people or things and try to place blame. However, as our 4th-grade student taught me, I should be looking for compassion. Why might people be acting a certain way? How can I be kind even if I disagree? Is there a line that I draw for the safety of myself or for those around me? When is it okay to say no? When do I need to say yes? 

So, I leave you with this question, where in your life do you need to place less blame and look for more compassion?