Daily Worship

Without Hesitating

October 25, 2012 0 0

Hebrews 13:3, Mark 1:32-34, Romans 12:13

Hebrews 13:3

​“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering.”


Mark 1:32-34

“That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all their sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons…”



Romans 12:13

“Share with God’s people who are in need.”




Hidden from our sight

and our conscience.


Lord, I’ve counted in Bible

and you mention prisoners a lot.

So many stories of you spending time with 

the physically 

and the mentally ill, 

healing with compassion and care.

Not for you the racial discrimination 

of your time -

you accepted hospitality from 

a Samaritan woman 

and stayed to talk.

And you gave a poor widow 

with little worldly standing

all the respect the rich and well-connected

could never have.

Even Tax Collectors “and other sinners!”

get a fair hand from you.


And yet

today we can live cocooned

in our world of privilege and plenty,

comfort and safety

and, without really intending to,

forget the very people 

you came for, mixed with

and cared about.


So please,Lord,

the next time I see

that man wandering in the road

shouting out bits of Milton, and avoid him;

the next time I encounter the

woman pushing an empty pram 

singing to her ‘baby’, and feel embarrassed;

the next time I move seats

to get away from the smelly man

at choir practice, instead of speaking to him;

the next time I toss in the paper bin

requests for money for WaterAid, 

hare lip ops and all the other needs

that drop through our letter boxes daily

(including Amnesty International

which I keep meaning to join but still haven’t)

without responding in the way you have taught me…

...Stop me! 

And remind me 

that you,Lord, have blessed me with so much.

And it’s time to share what I have.

Without hesitating.


written by Ginni Auld