If you saw a person injured alongside the road, would you stop and care?

Recently, I was walking in a 60 mile breast cancer walk and as I neared the end of the walk,  I was so tired and my feet were so tired.  Then I came alongside a walker who was barely moving and each step was pure agony.

I asked, “How are you doing?”

She said, “Not very good.”

I said, “Do you need water or a power bar?”

She said, “No.”  Then she added, “Where are the shuttles when you need them?”

Now I should have stayed with her, encouraged her to sit down and then watched for a shuttle.  But I didn’t.  My agenda took over.  I wanted to get this walk over, have a shower, rub my sore feet and go to bed.  I, like that priest and that Levite in “The Good Samaritan,” passed right on by.  I am so sorry that I chose “Me” over my wounded Neighbor. Would you stop?

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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