Signs of the Times

[Rev. Philip D. Davis, as quoted in the Boston Transcript, Massachusetts]

The story of the good Samaritan forces upon us the tremendous lesson that a person not supposed to have Christian love sometimes does exhibit it.... God has a definite, individual work for you, and no one else can do it. We are told that, when compassion stirred in this magnificent Samaritan, he "went to" the wounded man. We too often wait till someone comes to us, or till tragedy befalls the needy. Then we say, "If I had only known!" But the demand is for helpers who sense the need in time, going out to meet it.

We are called to spend ourselves glowingly to make the world better. ... Some little thing may save our neighbor—a cheery word, and hand on his shoulder, a greeting showing our faith in him, a telephone call. Sympathy takes a thousand forms. Men have dropped into my study to tell me that they were glad I was working with them and have not realized half that it meant to me. You cannot be the same person when somebody shows you that he cares.

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March 12, 1932

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