I don't start threads very often, but yesterday I had something of an epiphany as I was doing some work in the yard. Deep in thought, as I usually am when doing mundane tasks, it occurred to me that while Jesus encouraged us to be "good Samaritans", God himself is not a good Samaritan. In the parable by Jesus, a traveler is left beaten and robbed on the side of the road. A priest and then a Levite both pass the man by, ignoring his need. Finally a Samaritan comes along and tends to the man's need. I realized that in this parable, God fits the roles of the priest and the Levite, not the Samaritan. While so many of us suffer and are in need each day, God simply passes us by. Though he has it in his power to appease our suffering and assuage our need, he chooses not to.