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Kidnapped 89-Year-Old to Captors: "You Got to Be Kind to Other People"

These are the words of an 89 year old woman who decided to give some teenagers a ride across town, only to have them force her into the trunk of her car, rob her, and leave her in the trunk for two days without food, water, or her medication.  Eventually the children dumped her in a cemetary, where she crawled around until someone found her.

I appreciate this story very much.  I have a pretty hard time turning a blind eye to someone in need.  I am quite certain that I have been taken advantage of on occasion, but I am also pretty sure there have been times when I have helped someone that was truly in need.  Even if the former outweighs the later, I am OK with those odds. 

In the last few hours that Christ spent with his friends, He commanded them to love each other as themselves, and demonstrated by the washing of their feet, all mere hours before He would be tortured and crucified by His fellow Jews, having been sold to His enemies by one of His closest companions.

I have never been taken advantage of to the extent that this woman was, and I hope I never am, but no matter what I won't be bearing what He did, and I am determined to obey His commandments, because He bore it for me, of all people.   The bible further says that if someone has the worlds' goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, the love of God does not abide in him.  I don't want to be that guy.  That guy's in pretty big trouble.  "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned."

I know a lot of people would consider me an idiot for exposing myself to risk, but the Bible also says that it is better to suffer for doing good.  I feel the best I can do is pray for a spirit of discernment, that I may not be taken advantage of again, but if in doubt, I will probably continue to err on the side of caution, and by that I mean making sure that I am not turning away someone in need.

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