Luke 10: 30-35 – Jesus said: “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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a familiar one to most of us, but we often forget that we all have the opportunity to be this person presented to us nearly daily, and Good Samaritans can be found at unexpected times.
Shannon Ranger says she arrived at her son’s school on Friday to walk him home like she does every day. Matthew Gessner, 6, has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. The weather that day was especially bad with the Edmonton area having received it’s first big snowfall. Ranger thought she would be able to push her son home in his wheelchair, but that quickly proved to be very difficult. She was with her other son and a friend and they had brought shovels, but quickly found themselves fighting a losing battle trying to get Matthew home. Now Shannon Ranger was stuck in the snow with 3 kids and no way to get home; phone calls to a taxi company were met with a 25 minute wait – too long with young kids in snow.
Fortunately for Shannon the house she stopped in front of had a man inside who was paying attention. This man came out with a shovel and began to clear the path in front of the wheel chair until another man joined him and suggested it would be easier to simply carry the young lad in his chair. The two then picked him up and carried him nearly a kilometer back home.
Ranger shared the uplifting story on Facebook. “I wanted to share some positivity,” she wrote in the post. “They really showed me that good people are out there! And I couldn’t be more thankful today!! Good things will for sure come their way!”
There is more to the story that makes it even better, but you can read all about it in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from Global News.