One of the most heartwarming accounts in the Bible is of the good Samaritan. Many other folks and I adore that story. It reveals that the man in need was rejected by a priest and a Levite, but helped by a good Samaritan.

Luke 10:33-35 – KJV

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Beautiful feelings rise within when I recall the numerous occasions when good Samaritans have assisted in emergencies, and with different needs and desires. Reminders such as those bolsters hope in humanity. Yes, hope that loving and selfless deeds continue to occur in the midst of the tragedies and global unrest. Despite it all, we are surrounded by beauty. Noble acts succeed in doing much to encourage us to be upbeat, regardless of circumstances.

Recently, in the region where I reside, a school bus driver, Renita Smith, risked her life to assure the safety of children on the bus she drove. News footage showed the bus engulfed in flames. After the fire had ignited, Smith re-entered the bus to be certain that no children remained on there.

Smith was publicly honored, in ceremonies, for her love actions and valor. News of her selfless demonstrations spread, and to my delight, she appeared on the “Ellen” talk show to discuss what she did. Ellen pleasantly stunned Smith with a check for $20,000. Whoopee!

Heartwarming realities certainly aid in our daily experiences with humanity, and our awesome Creator, Almighty God.

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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