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“Douglas Murphy had just stepped onto a subway platform in the Bronx, N.Y. when a group of teenagers accidentally bumped into 88-year-old Anna Lebron, knocking her to the tracks. Murphy urged her to get up, but she was unconscious. So he jumped down onto the tracks and struggled back onto the platform with her, just seconds before a train came tearing through. ‘I didn’t hesitate,’ Murphy said. ‘You know, it was like an act of faith at that moment, like it was my mother down there or something.’”

--The Week January 29, 2010, p. 4. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

Serving one another is an act of faith. When we care for others, when we place them on a level of concern even above our own needs, then we are being Christlike. While we may not get many opportunities to save the elderly from an onrushing train, there are many other dangers the least capable among us face. We would do well to “see them as our own mothers.”

Philippians 2:3-4 (NASB77) “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; (4) do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

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