Monstro the Goldfish
hi and thanks for joining me for today's encouragement from our daily bread by Meli'sa Morgan and I titled today's reading monstro the goldfish
 Lacy Scott was at her local pet store when a sad fish at the bottom of the tank caught her eye is scales had turned black and lesions had formed on his body Lacey rescued the 10-year old fish named him monstro after the whale and the fairy tale Pinocchio and placed him in a hospital tank changing his water daily slowly Maestro improved began to swim and grew in size his black scales transform to Gold through Lacey's committed care monstro was made new in Luke chapter 10 Jesus tells the story of The Traveler who was beat and robbed and left for dead both a priest and a levite pass by ignoring them and suffering what is Samaritan a member of the despised people group took care of him even paying for his needs pronouncing the Samaritan as the true neighbor in the store
 Jesus encouraged his listeners to do the same with Lacey did for a dying goldfish we can do for people in need around us homeless unemployed disabled and lonely neighbors lie in our paths let us allow their sadness to catch her eyes and drawers to respond with neighborly care that kind greeting a shared meal a few dollars slipped from Palm to Palm how my God use us to offer his love to others a love which can make all things new
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Luke chapter 10 verses 27 through 37
 he answered love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself you'd answer correctly Jesus replied do this and you will live but he wanted to justify himself so we asked Jesus and who is my neighbor in reply Jesus said A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers they stripped him of his clothes beat him and went away leaving him half-dead a priest happen to be going down the same road and when he saw the man he passed by on the other side so to Ali fight when he came to the place and saw him passed by on the other side but as Samaritan as he traveled came where the man was and when he saw him he took pity on him he went to him and bandaged his wounds pouring on oil and wine then he put the man on his own donkey brought him
 ran in and took care of him the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to The Innkeeper look after him he said and when I return I will reimburse you for any extra stamps you may have which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers the expert in the law replied the one who had mercy on him Jesus told him go and do likewise
dear God thank you for making us new may we be a neighbor to those who desperately need you or care in order to be transformed by you in Jesus name we pray amen
 today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries