A Bethel member was driving through the Bannerman neighbourhood recently when she spotted a man in a scooter stuck in the snow at the side of the road. His wheels were spinning but his scooter was not moving. With thoughts of our recent sermon series, Being Christmas, playing through her mind (with its challenge to incarnate the love of God wherever you go), she decided to stop and help out. Little did she know that her act of kindness would take her on a wild ride - literally.
With a little pushing, she and the gentleman succeeded in getting the scooter to surer footing, but he was soon stuck again. This time it was permanent - his scooter battery had run out of power. Apparently this man was experienced at this sort of thing, because he produced a rope and promptly requested that this Bethel member use her car to drive him home. With some reluctance she agreed, and with another Good Samaritan walking at this man's side to ensure his safety, she made her way to his house.
The adventure was not quite over, though, because the driveway was slippery with ice and impassible. She had to enlist the help of another man, a dog-walker who was passing by, to finish the job. So, as she held two yapping dogs by their leashes, the other helpers pushed the man to the safety of his garage. The Bethel member decided she would bring the scooter driver a Christmas hamper later in the week for all his troubles.
So here is a word to the wise: Be careful. When you decide to "be Christmas" you never know where it might lead you.