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Who is my neighbor?

my neighbor is hurting.

my neighbor needs help.

my neighbors are those who cannot help themselves.

my neighbor is someone who appears on my path.

my neighbor is someone who has been robbed.

my neighbor is someone who is half dead.

my neighbor is someone who is naked.

my neighbor is someone who is unable to ask for help.

my neighbor is of a different race.

my neighbor is a stranger.

my neighbor is someone who has been stripped.

my neighbor is a foreign traveler.

my neighbor has been beaten up.

my neighbor might require me to take a risk.

my neighbor can’t walk.

my neighbor looks horrible.

my neighbor is of a different religion.

my neighbor is destitute.

my neighbor is a victim of injustice.

my neighbor has been passed by.

my neighbor can’t say, “thank you.”

my neighbor is someone who has been wounded.

my neighbor is someone nobody wants to help.

my neighbor is lonely.

my neighbor will cost me some time.

my neighbor is visible.

my neighbor is a victim.

my neighbor is someone who’s been violated.

my neighbor is vulnerable.

my neighbor is a human being.

my neighbor feels humiliated.

my neighbor feels helpless.

my neighbor is poor.

my neighbor is someone I’m afraid to help.

my neighbor is someone who is dangerous to help.

my neighbor is someone who is discouraged.

my neighbor is someone who might cost me money.

my neighbor is in need of tender loving care.

my neighbor is someone who feels defeated.

my neighbor is someone I am able to help.


This list was “found” on the nightstand in the book based on the story of the Good Samaritan Who Is My Neighbor? Lessons Learned from a Man Left for Dead by Wayne Gordon. We picked it up a few years ago, the morning of February 17, 2019 just before our team spoke at Lone Pine Christian Church for their annual Compassion Sunday message. We included the list as part of our call to compassion and mercy.

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