Who is family?

Tonight in the UK we remember the fallen in wars over the past century at a service at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
It’s an event Lynne and I look forward to each year.
As a child of the 60’s I wasn’t so captivated by the event, but Lynne predates me by 5 years and tells me how she and her father looked forward to this commemoration each year, when he was alive.

Look at the battle of Marye’s Heights in the war between North and South in the USA (1861-65), when the “Angel of Marye’s Heights”, a young man who lept over the trenches between the two armies, to give water to the wounded and dying of both sides,

It was a matter of loving humanity rather than the “cause” of either side.
There’s a similarity between this and the the parable of the Good Samaritan told by Jesus in  Luke (10:29–37) of a traveller who is beaten, robbed, and left half dead along the road. 

A priest,and then a religious fanatic passes by but avoids the man. 
Finally a Samaritan comes by (Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other) but this Samaritan helps the injured man. 
Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to a question regarding the identity of the “neighbour”, who Leviticus 19:18 says should be loved.

The parable has inspired painting, sculpture, poetry, and film. The phrase “good Samaritan”, means someone who helps a stranger, derives from this parable, and many hospitals and charitable organizations are named after the Good Samaritan.

I recently received an email from a family member who claimed there to be classified information only for “his  closest relatives”

Who is one’s family is a good question?

The Angel of Marye’s Heights and the Good Samaritan were not confused.
They knew exactly who close family were. 

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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