Jun 24, 2013

The Good Samaritan: A Re-Telling

Here’s a contemporary telling of the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).  You may want to change the names of the locations to suit your geographical setting.

The Good Samaritan
(based on Jesus’ parable in Luke 10:25-37)

Now on the way from Morden to Winnipeg
a young mother was assaulted
by poverty, by fear, by depression,
by her husband’s unfaithfulness.

She was left abandoned, her children fatherless,
Her privacy bartered in exchange for a welfare cheque.

Too weary to go on, she lay, waiting for help.

Some good church people came by and said,
“Get up and get going,
God loves you so you  shouldn’t worry.”

Some nice community people remained aloof and whispered,
“Don’t play with her children.
She’s on welfare, you know.”

Then a neighbour from up the street came in,
a neighbour with a history that others whispered about,
an outcast who had no husband
and who’s children named no father.

She didn’t give advice and so in a subtle way, condemn.
She said, instead, “Come and have coffee with me,”
and “Let’s go shopping today”
and “Show me how you made that casserole.”

In doing so she helped to bind the wounds,
and restore faith and self-esteem,
until the young mother was able to be on her way again. 

~ written by Ruth Johnston.  Posted in the From Our Churches archive on the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre website.  http://resources.mennonitechurch.ca/FileDownload/12974/The_Good_Samaritan.pdf