This was my meditation for our church email this week. For Youth Sunday, I’m preaching on the Good Samaritan.

There’s a woman named Grace who lives on my street in the Tenderloin District, San Francisco. When I say she lives on my street, I mean that literally — she’s homeless. I pass her almost every day on my walk to work in the Financial District. Sometimes we exchange hellos. Sometimes I ask her how she’s doing. I call her “Neighbor.” Sometimes she lets me pray for her…right there on Ellis Street. Sometimes I let her pray for me and my church.

The parable of the Good Samaritan has taught me to expand my definition of neighbor — to slow down and chat with folks around me. And sometimes to go above and beyond expectations when someone is in need.

More often than not though, I’m too focused on my destination to pause and say hello. I fall short of the example of the Good Samaritan. We all do. But Grace is there anyway.

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Chad Crawford
Chad Crawford

Thanks so much for the kind words Jo Ann. This was just the brief meditation for our weekly email — kind of a teaser for the sermon. I'll post the full audio for the sermon next week. I'm still planning to be a pastor some day, and I look forward to the challenge of writing sermons every week.

Jo Ann W. Goodson
Jo Ann W. Goodson

Chad, where is the rest of your sermon? Of course what you have written is a sermon in it's self just not as long as most. I remember when we met in your ordination council I asked you what you wanted to do with your life and you told me you wanted to pastor a church. What changed your mind? Was writing sermons every week part of the change in direction? Wish that all of us would offer GRACE to all those we come in contact with especially in situations as you describe. When people tell me that only GOD can provide GRACE I really do not know how to respond as I feel we are GOD"S body on earth and with the help of The Holy Spirit we are to offer GRACE to everyone. Love and Grace, for me, go hand in hand. When we learn to love we more freely offer GRACE. Love your sermon. If you add to it let us know !!!!!