Am I my brother’s keeper? Genesis 4:9
Because I held upon my selfish, road,
And left my brother wounded by the way,
And called ambition duty, and pressed on –
O Lord, I do repent – Sarah Williams
A.P. Stanley asks, “How many are the sufferers who have fallen against misfortunes along the wayside of life?” Too many, I say. All of us at one time or the other, I say.
But what about the times when Providence throws these sufferers in our path. When we see them from a distance or come upon them suddenly — what happens? Is our business or pleasure interrupted or delayed by their presence, and we become irritated? Do we hurry by and are we troubled at all? It is at that moment the question is posed – “Who is your neighbor?” The answer is always — our neighbor is the sufferer, whoever, wherever, and whatsoever he/she be. Whether we hear the cries of distress and act or not, or see the one in our path whom it is in our power to help and stop or keep going — he, she, stranger or enemy be, — he/she is our neighbor.