Sometimes I am looking for a shortcut.
A way out.
I want an excuse that will let me look away from the needs of those around me.
I wish for a reason that will justify my impulse to ignore ways I can help.
Help me to have compassion like the Samaritan man.
Move me to active mercy.
Empower me to reach out to my neighbor and to stop looking for an excuse to pass by.
Fill my encounters with abundant living that comes from neighborliness, community, and love.